First Day of Winter: December Solstice

We all know that winter hasn’t been here for a very long time, but it feels like forever. It’s wet and cold and is going to last a lot longer. Thankfully, we have the holiday’s right around the corner which will definitely lift people’s spirits. However, today is a celebration in its own. It is the December solstice.

About the December Solstice:

At 2:44 AM the sun was exactly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn and that makes today, the shortest day of the year! We know that two solstices happen per year, one in June and one in December. We celebrated the summer solstice and the longest day of the year back when there were blue skies and warm weather.

The term solstice actually comes from a Latin word which translate into; “the sun stands still”, this is because the sun, as seen from Earth, seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then change directions. That is why often this day is called “The Day the Sun turns around.”

Now, the December solstice does mark the first day of winter, so it is officially the longest, coldest, and darkest season of the year!

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The shortest day of the year:

The winter solstice is the astronomical phenomenon that marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Just how short is it you may ask? In British Columbia, we will see sunlight for approximately, 8 hours and 12 minutes.

Winter Season:

During the winter season, the Northern Hemisphere is tiled away from the sun which makes the days cold. This season is one that many outdoorsy people love. They enjoy the snow and the joy of skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snow shoeing, and many other winter activities.

Winter is a fantastic time here in the Okanagan we have many different ski hills right in our backyards that offer an abundance of activities. Baron Insurance is happy to welcome winter on this day and celebrate this upcoming season!

Sources:

Time and Date (www.timeanddate.com)

Wikipedia (www.wikepedia.org)

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