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5 Reasons to Love the Winter Solstice

5 Reasons to Love the Winter Solstice

Winter Solsticethe first official day of winter, often gets short-shrift due to its proximity to Christmas and the fact that many people are often buried in snow and ice, and fighting the bitter cold.

Which might lead you to ask: why celebrate winter? What I usually hear is that most people can’t wait for it to be over.  All that cold weather and darkness makes them wish for the long, warm days of summer.

Well, here are some things that are unique to winter and, in my opinion, worthy of celebration.

To start with, winter has been celebrated since ancient times as a season of light and nature. Once the solstice comes — December 21st — the days begin to get brighter again, and eventually, the summer sunlight returns. The first day of winter is a sign that literally, brighter days are ahead. The shortest day of the year is just that — each day after gets longer and brighter.

The lights of winter. Let’s face it, whether they are lighting up a Christmas tree, or burning as candles on your Hanukkah menorah, lights are all around us this season. Most communities light up their downtown areas and beyond; there are holiday decorations as far as the eye can see, and even the stars seem to glow brighter on a cold winter night.

Winter colors. While white is definitely the predominant color of winter, there are so many others that we often overlook. Winter skies bring a mixture of grey, blue, and at sunset, golden oranges mixed in. The varied lights and decorations of the holidays also add a splash of cheer to this otherwise bleak time of year.

Hot winter beverages. I am a lifelong tea drinker and although I drink it daily, even during the hottest days of summer, there’s something much more satisfying about drinking a nice hot cup of cocoa or a café mocha when the weather is cold. During winter you can feel it warming you up from the inside.

See: The Perfect Winter Cocktail

Hockey! Or, if you aren’t a hockey fan, other winter sports. While the NHL has managed to make it seem that hockey lasts all year, the fact that it is played on ice with plenty of padding and gear, makes it the quintessential winter sport. For those who like skiing or snowshoeing, ice skating, or other winter sports, you know the time you have for it is precious and that makes it seem even more special.

Are any of your favorites on the list? What did I forget? I would love to hear some of the things that you like about winter.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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7:11PM PST on Feb 22, 2014


6:59PM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Adore winter, sadly living where I do never gets cold enough, Thx

8:35AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

I love everything about winter! And I can't say that for the other seasons.

2:30AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Thank you :)

1:38PM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Thank you!

2:28PM PST on Dec 29, 2013


7:58PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

I live in the woods and when the snows come, everything turns magical, ever greens luxuriously draped in urmine, diamonds on the tall dead grass, and sparkly snow catching the first and last rays of the sun on short winter days, the feeling of drawing in the energy around me like a warm cloak. I become Empress surrounded by untold wealth. But then, it's time to go out in the biting 10 degree temp and shovel the latest 4 inches of magnificence off the path and call the snow plow guy once again.Basically, winter is a nice rest from the long days of summer must do projects. I very much enjoy and appreciate all 4 seasons. The tasks that need doing are different, the air and earth smell different, the clarity of the nite sky and the sound scape are all different.I never get bored.

7:10PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

thanks and spam reported

10:02AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Thank you

8:02AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

good to consider

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