The Winter Solstice is usually on 21st December; sometimes it falls on 22nd. It is the formal beginning of winter and is the shortest day. In fact, perusal of the almanac shows that within a minute or so, the days 18th to 25th December are of a similar length. Furthermore, sunrise and sunset are skewed. The sun continues to rise later in the day until around 1st January; whereas the earliest sunset occurs around 13th December, after which it starts to get later.
I read somewhere that Christmas Day, 25th December, which used to be a pagan mid-winter festival, is the first day after the solstice when the days are detectably longer.
In any event, we are now marching inexorably towards summer, and it can’t come soon enough for me…
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