Yesterday marked the December solstice event. For most of us in the northern hemisphere, using the our solar-based calendar, the December solstice falls on the shortest day of the year. Depending on cultural variations regarding the dates for seasonal change, it is considered to be either midwinter’s day or the first day of winter. For those living in the southern hemisphere, however, the December solstice takes place in the summertime! It has always blown my mind a little bit to think that what we think of as winter holidays, such as Christmas, are summer holidays in places like Argentina and New Zealand.
Dec 22 2010