Dear Almanac readers,
Early tomorrow morning brings the winter solstice. Yes, this is referred to as the "shortest day of the year." Better yet, let's call it the point when the days get "longer," i.e., the amount of daylight starts to increase.
That brings us to Chanukah and Christmas, which begin around the same time this year. Chanukah begins on the 24th at sundown; the date is primarily based on the lunar cycle. Christmas Day is symbolically celebrated on the 25th, as it has been since the 4th century. To all who celebrate, we wish you a Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas!
With all good wishes,
Your Almanac Editors
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson