First Day Of Winter
Today Friday the 21st December is the first day of winter although it feels like it has been winter for quite a few weeks now. Also today is the shortest day of the year. Today has the least day light hours but as of tomorrow the days start to get lighter, although it will take till March for us to see any benefits.
In the United Kingdom and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.
The declination of the Sun on the winter solstice is known as the tropic of Capricorn.
A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere.
The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world.
It was also the Druids who began the tradition of the yule log. The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.