It’s winter solstice time. Simply put, it is the longest night and shortest day of the year. The days will gradually start to get longer now leading us to warmer weather.
Not simply put, this marks a time of year when many different cultures, modern and ancient, have celebrated at the same time. Some have called it midwinter, yule, saturnalia, and many other names.
Read about the many other traditions from around the world.
Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
It marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Here is a lovely little poem by Robert Frost.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.