First day of winter, solstice plants, shortbread

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

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

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Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
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The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

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Plants of the Winter Solstice
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Many trees and plants were traditionally important to the celebration of the winter solstice (on December 21). Think evergreens, yew, oak, mistletoe, holly, rosemary, pine, and ivy. Learn more about their symbolic meaning.
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