The winter solstice can happen anywhere from December 20-23. This year it arrives tomorrow morning at 10:17. It’s funny, but we always associate winter with snow, and not the actual arrival of winter. If we have a snowy and cold October and November, we’ll often complain about how bad of a winter it’s been, even though winter doesn’t arrive until December. If we get some warm weather in April or May, we never comment on what a great summer it’s been. Hey, we know summer doesn’t arrive until June. Up until then it’s “Wow, what a nice spring we’ve had.” If people complain about winter in November I’ll always point out, “Hey, it’s not even winter yet.”
The worse thing about winter, for those who work regular hours, is you go to work in the dark and you come home in the dark. It’s all rather depressing. Well, starting tomorrow, things take an upswing. After tomorrow the days start getting longer. Of course, it’s all psychological, because we won’t notice more sunlight for quite a while after tomorrow, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Next up? The vernal equinox. Spring will arrive Tuesday morning, March 20th at 10:14!
I haven’t counted the number of sleeps on that one yet. It’s still too far away for that!