Winter solstice tomorrow!, the Yule log, Christmas appetizers

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 20, 2019

winter rays

Now see stern Winter nearer draw,
Sol's feeble rays refuse to thaw.
What Winter's frost congeal'd;
And lo! the flaky snows appear,
Proclaim the approach of Christmas near,
And deck in white the field
.
–William Cole (c. 1824)

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Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
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What Is Yule? | Christmas Traditions
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