Welcome to Wintertime! Today is the first official day of winter, and the shortest day of the year. According to NASA, the Solstice officially begins when the sun sets today at 4:47pm. No word on whether or not they cleared this official time with those who first began building monuments like Stonehenge with Solstice in mind during the Bronze age.
Unlike the Equinox, the Solstice doesn’t carry with it any time changes (wait for that during the Spring Forward on March 8th of next year), but it is remarkable in the fact that today we will receive only less than 10 hours of daylight today (9h 55m 22s), compared to the Summer Solstice which gives us over 4 hours more (14h 3m 15s).
So enjoy the shortest day of the year… and don’t worry– next time around, it’s a work day! 🙂