1. The time at which the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. It occurs about December 22 in the northern hemisphere. Results in the shortest day and longest night of the year.
2. A perfectly good reason to light a Thursday evening fire. Can often be accompanied by spiced apple cider.
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Cheer up, chickadees. Starting tomorrow, the days will be longer and brighter.
Until next June of course.
Or if you currently live in the southern hemisphere.
In which case, enjoy your long, gorgeous day of sun!