Winter Solstice and Seasons Greetings

December 21, 2013 by Boo

Saturday, December 21

Winter Solstice 2013

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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 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Hugs

Boo and the Blossoms

xx

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