Welcome winter solstice – the year’s longest night – in the Northern Hemisphere (exact Dec. 21, 2009 at 12:47 p.m. EST). From this point forward, the days will grow longer and the nights will shorten until the summer solstice in mid-June.
Considering how cold and dark it can be at this time of year, it’s little wonder the winter solstice was considered “midwinter” for centuries… not the start of winter as we know it today.
The return of the light is certainly a time to celebrate! But there’s another reason for solstice cheer too.
Super-easy and fast Sweet Potato Casserole from
Helen Yoest of Gardening with Confidence in North Carolina
However, you decide to celebrate the annual return of the light this winter solstice, be sure to have yourselves a special and magical time. Ho ho ho.