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Winter Solstice

CC photo by Jared Tarell via Flickr

CC photo by Jared Tarell via Flickr

The Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, occurred in Redding CA on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:44 a.m. PST.

Many modern Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, the Christmas wreath, the Yule log, and others, are direct descendents of Yule customs. Originally, the pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day “midwinter” (winter solstice) holiday called Yule.

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