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Happy Winter Solstice

December 21, 2019 10:50 PM
By Bryan Lewis

The Winter Solstice has played an important role in cultures worldwide from ancient times.

It is when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year in the Northern Hemisphere so we have the shortest day. This year it occurs on Sunday 22nd December Winter Solsticeat 04:19 GMT.

This day of the year lasts for 7 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds in Britain, which is 8 hours, 49 minutes shorter than the June Solstice.

One ancient celebration of the winter solstice is Yule when we mourn the death of the Old Sun and celebrate the birth of the new Sun King. Part of the celebration would be a Yule Log which was an entire tree that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony and one end positioned in the fireplace. To capture the true magic of the Yule log it must burn twelve days.

From Monday the days will get longer and that's first the bit of good news we've had for a while!