First day of winter, solstice plants, shortbread

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, December 21, 2017

winter solstice

Slowly, without sun, the day sinks
toward the close of December.
It is minus sixty degrees
.

–John Haines (1924–2011),
Fairbanks Under the Solstice

Thursday, December 21, 2017
355th day of the year


Kiefer Sutherland (actor) was born on this day in 1966.
Marc Connelly (playwright) died on this day in 1980.



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The Winter Solstice

The First Day of Winter: Winter Solstice 2017
Winter officially begins with the Winter Solstice on Thursday, December 21, 2017. This is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Enjoy our winter solstice facts, folklore, FAQs, and more!
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Ancient Solstice Sites

Five Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
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Plants of the Winter Solstice
The winter solstice falls on December 21, marking the official start of winter. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
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