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Winter Solstice 2013: The Shortest Day Of The Year Is Loaded With Tradition, Customs, And Scientific Meaning

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Ever wonder why the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year - invariably falls on December 21? The answer in a word is earth's tilt.

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Anteater Ants (122)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:05 am

David C (131)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 9:07 am
thanks, really interesting, but did you notice the article about possible real light-sabers, too???

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:01 am
Great info

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:33 am
Interesting, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 6:12 am

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 9:48 am
Noted, thanks.

Evelyn B (62)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 10:34 am
Very interesting article, but very biased!
the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year - invariably falls on December 21 -
It doesn't actually! In the southern hemisphere Dec 21 is the summer solstice I think! The shortest day there falls in June!!!
I wonder what rituals and traditions of the shortest day exist in southern cultures?

Roger G (154)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:56 am
noted, thanks

Sharon W. (4)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 12:39 pm
Interesting, thanks!

Marianne R (95)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:28 pm
I'm a day behind, but thanks for the info

Carmen S (611)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:47 pm
Very interesting, thanks Marty for sharing this.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:53 pm
Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 2:54 pm
Bring on spring. I don't like winter.

Janis K (126)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 8:02 pm
Noted thanks

Lona G (80)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:33 pm
I wonder why the article doesn't touch on the fact that Christmas (in many European countries still a celebration of light) is almost on the same day as the winter solstice. Early church authorities were smart enough to incorporate the existing 'pagan' traditions and festivities into the newly emerging Christian traditions to make them more acceptable to the converted.

Rhonda B (106)
Monday December 23, 2013, 4:15 am
noted, thanks

Kamia T (89)
Monday December 23, 2013, 10:43 am
I'm always glad to pass the winter solstice, because then I know that I can begin to get ready to plan next spring's garden, plant under my grow lights, and feel a little cheerier. I wish that the early Christians hadn't incorporated this celebration into our practices -- no shepherd would be out tending baby lambs at the coldest darkest time of the year. Probably one of the reasons that there are so many challenges with the traditional Christmas celebration remaining sacred.

Karen Chestney (112)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:58 am
Thanks......really interesting article.........Earth's tilt....huh..!!!

Alicia N (87)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 8:47 am
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