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Your Guide to the December Solstice

Dec 21, 2015

The Winter Solstice is upon us. For those of us in the Central time zone, the solstice will occur Monday, December 21, at 10:48 p.m. For those of you in Colorado, the event occurs at 9:48. Earthsky notes that a solstice is a cause of celebration for people all over the globe. It means early sunset and late dawn. It’s the shortest day and longest night of the year. 


I can’t imagine living in times prior to scientific understanding of the year’s shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice.  Before easy access to candles, kerosene, and electricity, this was a worrisome season. Little besides faith the sun would return comforted ancient people through increasingly long nights.