On Friday morning, Dec. 21, at 5: 11 a.m. Central Standard Time, the Winter Solstice arrives. This marks the official change from Fall to Winter in the northern hemisphere and is the shortest day of sunlight.
|"Little Bantam in the Snow"|
Credit: blessed1indeed via almanac.com
In astrological terms, the solstice means the north pole is tipped as far away from the sun as it can go. Conversely , the south pole is going to be tipped as far toward the sun as it can go. All areas north of the Arctic Circle will be in darkness for 24 hours while south of the Antarctic Circle will have 24 hours of sunshine.
Over the ages, there’s been much lore associated with the Winter Solstice. Some say the celebration of Christ’s birth was designated by the Catholic Church to be December 25 to compete with, or appease, the Pagans’ celebration of the Winter Solstice festival.
Recently, there’s been a lot of “buzz” about the Mayan Calendar, which some claim predicts the world will end December 21, the day of the Winter Solstice.
As I sit her at 8:30 on Thursday, Dec. 20, and already, in Australia and other places December 21 already arrived. And according to report I heard on the NBC Nightly News, life continues there.
My blog name, Halcyon Days, has an association with the Winter Solstice, because in a story from Greek Mythology, seven days before the Winter Solstice the halcyon, a mythical bird with the body of a kingfisher, begins to build her nest. This takes seven days, after which for another seven days she lays and hatches her eggs.
I just happen to like the term so that's what I named by blog.
On to other things:
I added a few pieces of lichen from an oak tree to my natural wreath I showed you here two days ago:
I visited a shop in town called "The Lemon Tree." Here are few pictures of their holiday offerings:
These Red Cardinal tree photos are for Patricia! But I feel sure she has her own.
There were several displays featuring this "new" Christmas Green color. I like it!
|The silver reindeer were nice!|
Finally, a few stormy day photos. Cold weather has definitely arrived in North Alabama. The temperature will drop into the 20s (F.) tonight and the wind is blowing like a storm.
|Here's my (Bradford) Pear Tree. Perhaps tomorrow morning I will find a Partridge perched there!|