Winter Solstice

     Today is one of my least favorite days of the year because it has the shortest number of hours of daylight.  The sun won’t rise until 7:47 AM and will set around 4:15 PM, leaving us under 9 hours of daylight.  That doesn’t allow much time for Mr. Sun to shine on all of us creatures below.  I like to see the sun so I’m at least hoping there won’t be any clouds in the way on this year’s Winter Solstice.

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     According to this website, "The Winter Solstice is when the sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, “sun” and -stitium, “a stoppage.” Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter."

     I can’t wait for the Winter Solstice to be over and am always grateful when the days start getting longer and longer until the Summer Solstice(longest day of the year) arrives in June.  I should be happy for the Winter Solstice because it also marks the beginning of winter which I love.  But I will have many days of winter ahead all with more hours of daylight to enjoy it in.