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Winter Soltice?

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

What is winter soltice that I hear so many people mention on these forums?

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Dec 21-22 time frame. it's a half way point, where summer solstice is June 21-22

but with the holidays, who has time to WS at that time... so most of us wait til Jan/Feb time frame.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I googled it and here is the Wikipedia definition....

The Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23 26'. Though the Winter Solstice lasts an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midwinter to refer to the day on which it occurs. For most people in the high latitudes this is commonly known as the shortest day and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

... and it is the shortest daylight day of the year. The day that makes us want to celebrate as the daylight will soon grow longer and that will signify warmer temps and that means we can soon go back to playing in the dirt and wearing our favorite flip flops and ... need I say more?!! LOL Come on springtime!

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

You must like winter about as much as I do! I go into my "down" spirits from now until about April 1st.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

"down' in the spirits? Naw ~ I don't drink... LOL

Sincerely, yes ~ it gets me down. I want to eat all the wrong food and sleep all the time.
Feels like I am getting ready to hibernate! 8 ))

But why April fools day?

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