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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Solstice December 21, 2009


Winter Solstice or mid-winter day for the northern hemisphere occurs every year on December 21, when the sun is at its lowest and weakest point. It is the shortest day of the year. Ancient civilizations, which were connected with the cycles of nature, revered and celebrated the day because it meant the coming of the light. December 21 represented a pivot point from which the sun grew stronger and brighter promising warmth for the land. The concept of the birth of the sun  is a pagan holiday that many religions have adapted to their faiths. Read more about the origin of Christmas at http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholidays/SolsticeArticle.html,

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