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Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light on the Shortest Day of the Year

Have you ever wondered about the difference between an equinox and a solstice?

According to the National Weather Service an equinox is one of the “two times of the year when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a “nearly” equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes.”  The Equinoxes occur in the Spring (Vernal) and Autumn (Autumnal).

A solstice occurs “at the moment the earth’s tilt toward from the sun is at a maximum. Therefore, on the day of the summer solstice, the sun appears at its highest elevation with a noontime position that changes very little for several days before and after the summer solstice…  The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. ”

So on this day, December 21, 2017 we are experiencing the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Is it any wonder  so many cultures and religious traditions celebrate light during this season?

Winter Solstice is observed as a Pagan Holiday with ritual and celebration involving light, including bonfires.  We know that our own celebration of Christmas includes traditions and practices “borrowed” from other cultures and religions.  So on this shortest day and longest night of the year it seems fitting to at least take a few moments to stop and reflect on the light that shines in the darkness no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs.   Light a candle, or a bonfire or set out luminaria along your driveway, hang lights on you house, put a great big smile on your face and let that light shine!

 

Resources:

National Weather Service

Holidays and Traditions Around the Winter Solstice

Celebrating Winter Solstice as a Christian Family

 

 

The Month of Hope

Copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins

This year three of the great holidays celebrating hope all fall within the month of March.  First on the 20th we have the Vernal Equinox, that gentle reminder from our mother, the earth, that life goes on, rebirth and second chances are all still possible.

Then on the 26th we celebrate the beginning of Passover.  If the story of the miraculous events that led to the Exodus with the children of Israel escaping slavery to find the Promised Land doesn’t give you hope I don’t know what would.

Finally on the 31st comes Resurrection Sunday (also known as Easter) that great celebration of light out of darkness, hope out of despair and life out of death.

Whether you celebrate any of these holidays or not, we all need hope.  Never forget, where there is life, there is hope.  This month the quotes will be focusing on hope.