TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009
The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, marks the astronomical start of winter. This year the first day of winter is TODAY 12/22.
There are many myths, celebrations and beliefs that surround the winter solstice. The ancient Celts believed that on the winter solstice, the sun stood still for 12 days. Since it was the shortest day of the year, the Celts were afraid the sun would not return. To banish evil spirits and to lure the sun to return, they lit a yule log on the first day of winter and burned it for 12 hours. in more modern times, it is the reason for parties and celebrations. Even better, the days start to get longer from here on out (YEAH) and we enjoy more sunlight each day.