Winter Solstice and Seasons Greetings

Saturday, December 21

Winter Solstice 2013


Today is the shortest day/longest night for us and that makes Boo a happy bunny…. Why? Because it means that from tomorrow we can start looking forward to the days getting longer and the nights getting shorter lol. I am so not into long dark nights. Are you? I love the long light nights of summer. It makes me feel alive and energised. I think it matters so much to me because I spent so many years working the night shift. I went to work in the dark and came home in the dark and that can get kind of depressing after a while. I’ve added 8 fascinating facts about the Winter Solstice in my WEB FINDS today.

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  • · Click on the sound bite to listen to the xmas tune, When you think you know the tune just leave your answer in today’s comments box at the end of the daily post. Please only post in that days comment box.

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  • · Have fun, good luck and enter as often as you like but you must make each entry a separate comment.

Have fun with todays quiz folks.

Congratulations to our winner for yesterdays rendition of O Come, O Come Emmanuel which I thought was a tough one. It’s Jays all time favourite Christmas Tune so had to be included

This was our winning comment by Karen

O Come,, O Come Emanuel (Veni Veni Emanual) . We got the 60 degrees today, by Sunday 70 with a tornaod watch and then cold. We’ve already done the 8″ snow thing twice. I’m ready for spring but Merry Christmas all!

Comment by Karen — December 21, 2013 @ 1:27 am

Well done hun, be sure to email me for your prize.

Thank you all for your amazing snow stories. I can’t believe some of you are having 8 ” or more, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much snow.

Boo’s fun and festive WEB FINDS

Here are a few facts you may have not have known about the winter solstice. 


1. It happens at a specific time

The winter solstice isn’t the full day of Dec. 21, but rather occurs at a specific time. At that point, the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. There’s no duration to the event, per se. Paul Stokles, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration refers to the winter solstice as a “single event.”

Of course, the sun isn’t actually moving, the Earth is. At 12:11 p.m. ET, the North Pole is tipped about 23 degrees away from the sun. When summer rolls around, the South Pole is tipped 23 degrees away from the sun. During the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the Earth is not tilted in either direction.

2. It happens at a different time each year

The winter solstice doesn’t always occur on Dec. 21. Sometimes it comes on Dec. 22, which will happen again in 2015. The hour of day also fluctuates. Last year, the solstice came at 11:12 a.m. ET. Next year, it occurs at 11:03 p.m.


3. The meteorological winter began three weeks ago

If it feels like winter has already begun, you are correct. Meteorologists consider Dec. 1 the start of the meteorological winter and March 1 the start of the meteorological spring. That’s because December, January and February are the three coldest months of the year. By the time the Spring Equinox rolls around on March 20, 2014, average temperatures in most areas will have already started rising. The winter solstice isn’t the coldest day of the year, either — that comes later.

4. Last year at this time, some people thought the world was ending

Remember how the Mayan calendar supposedly said the world would end on Dec. 21, 2012? That was based on a reading of the end date of the Mayans’ 5,126-year-long Mesoamerica Long Count Calendar, which corresponded to certain astronomical events, including the winter solstice.


5. There’s no biblical justification for celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25

Though we picture the Three Wise Men visiting the baby Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem in the dead of winter, that’s just a popular interpretation. There’s nothing in the Bible that states what time of year that event occurred. Instead, some believe the Christian church chose the date to offset Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti celebrations that revolved around the winter solstice.

The ancient name for Christmas, Yule, may also have been derived from jól, the Scandinavian winter solstice festival that pre-dated Christmas. Christmas has also been celebrated in the past on March 28 and May 20, among other dates.

6. In some regions, the winter solstice is a short day, indeed

Nine and a half hours may seem like a short period of daylight, but consider the winter solstice in Iceland, where it doesn’t get light until 10 a.m. and starts getting dark at 4:49 p.m. — that’s about seven hours of daylight. Of course, in places further north, like Barrow, Alaska, there is no sunrise. In Nome, Alaska, sunrise comes at noon, and then there’s four hours of light until sunset. If you want consistency, move to the equator, when sunrise and sunset are at around 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, all year round.

Happy Danes

7. There’s no proof that this is the most depressing time of the year

Many scientists believe that the paucity of sunlight during the winter months makes your brain deplete its stores of serotonin by requiring the pineal gland to convert it into melatonin, which makes you sleepy. However, some studies have found there aren’t higher instances of winter sadness in countries like Norway vs. the U.S.

Though there’s an urban legend that the suicide rates are highest in Scandinavian countries, the actual list shows that — although the sparsely populated Greenland is No. 1 — South Korea, Guyana and China are far ahead of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Denmark, rated thehappiest country in the world, also has just seven hours of daylight this time of year.

8. This isn’t the day of the earliest sunrise and latest sunset

Most U.S. locations see their earliest sunset a week or so before the solstice and see their latest sunset sometime in January. For instance, in New York City, sunset came at 4:28 p.m. on Dec. 7, and then started occurring later. On Dec. 29, sunrise will come at 7:20 a.m. — the latest of the year. It won’t start getting lighter earlier until Jan. 11.

Images: Getty/Aizar Raldes, Wikmedia Commons, Getty/Spencer Platt, Getty/Thierry Zoccolan, Getty/Marie Hald

Special thanks to Mashable for the original post

and that folks is a wrap for today

Take care, enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll see you tomorrow for more fun and festive games


Boo and the Blossoms


21 comments… add one
  • Janeece August 25, 2014, 5:14 am

    That’s a genuinely imsipesrve answer.

  • PeggyNC December 24, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Thanks very much, Boo, for today’s advent gift. I did not know most of these winter solstice facts! Thanks so much for sharing them! You think of the most interesting things to put on your blog. My poor blog is very neglected, most of the time I can’t think of anything to say. I would love to be on a creative team, but if selection is based on blog posts I may never get a chance lol.

  • Margie December 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town… Interesting read about the solstice, thanks!

  • jg December 22, 2013, 1:25 pm

    the song is Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

  • Regina December 22, 2013, 7:17 am

    Today’s song is “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town”. 🙂 Today is one of my daughter’s birthday. She is 25 now 🙂 Thank you for today’s gift 🙂

  • Carol December 22, 2013, 6:48 am

    Song is Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Loved reading all your info re: Solstice. Thanks for the great freebies for your new gorgeous kit. Also a big thanks for today’s daily advent download.

  • Heidi December 22, 2013, 4:52 am

    Out here in Seattle, we got 8 hours, 25 minutes and 24 seconds of daylight today. Of course it was so heavily overcast you really couldn’t tell (If you’ve ever seen the American version of “The Killing”, it really is that dark here in the winter, but they exaggerated the rain).

    Tomorrow we’ll have 3 more seconds of daylight. Wheeeee!

  • Sandy December 22, 2013, 2:40 am

    Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, is today’s song.

  • stacey December 22, 2013, 1:42 am

    Forgot to add the new kit is fantastic!

  • stacey December 22, 2013, 1:42 am

    thank you for all the awesome gifts! Santa Claus is Coming to Town, one of my favorite kiddie movies and songs. Thanks for the cool Solstice info!

  • zanthia December 22, 2013, 1:25 am

    Santa Claus is coming to town

    thanks for all the freebies

  • lizanne December 22, 2013, 1:00 am

    Enjoy your soltice, Boo! =) I forgot to mention yesterday we got nearly a foot & a half of new snow last weekend (Saturday night) here in Northern New England (US). We’ve had a few inches a day since then, too. Snow, snow, snow! Good thing I like it…

    Today’s song is….Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
    And thank you for the lovely freebies. 😉

  • DebB December 21, 2013, 11:09 pm

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town… Sooner than I want, too! I loved the facts about the solstice – most of them were new to me. Thanks for all the goodies today!!!

  • patchas December 21, 2013, 7:59 pm

    The song is Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Thanks so much for the goodies.
    The problem with the link to the Blog2 gift is the word designs is spelled deisgns — just transpose the two letters and the link works fine. Thanks again Boo!!

  • nightshadow December 21, 2013, 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the goodies Boo, as mentioned in an earlier post “Blog2” isn’t working, but I’m sure you’ll get it fixed. Today’s song is “Santa Claus is coming to town”. Loved that song when I was a kid (still do). Your post was very interesting, and contained links which were even more interesting. I enjoyed following them. 🙂

  • Lisa Stewart December 21, 2013, 6:49 pm

    Santa Claus is coming to town and thanks for all the facts on the solstice.

  • JulesW December 21, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town and yes indeedy he is!! In just a few short days. Hard to believe.
    I grew up in the Midwest and have seen snow piles taller than I am — as an adult, even! They’re due to get 6 to 9 inches tonight and tomorrow morning. However, I’m in Fl right now and LOVING the 80 degree sunny weather!! Snow and cold, BAH-HUMBUG!!

    Thanks for the goodies, boo! The BLOG2 download is not working. I’ll check back.

  • Mary aka angmag55 December 21, 2013, 5:05 pm

    Today’s song is “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” it is a fun song and seems to be the most popular song sung at Children’s school Christmas programs. Love to watch the children sing and interact with this song. I forgot that today is the shortest day of the year wow better get outdoor things done early!

  • Diana December 21, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town…another fun one…love the old claymation holiday special…thanks again!

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