Winter Solstice

December 21, 2017

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The 21st December, the Winter Solstice, is the shortest day of the year. The 22nd December will be longer. Winter solstice is celebrated by some people as the darkness turning back to light.

The impact of winter is not as perilous as it once was. In medieval times life would have been hard and food in shortening supply. Many of the animals would be slaughtered to keep people alive. We still experience the short days but most of us escape the food shortages. I was in Waitrose earlier today, as we piled up our trolleys, and one lady said, ‘We won’t be going hungry!

The snow has melted but I did get a picture of snow balls in the shape of a stone circle in the Abbey Meadow a few days ago. People still go to stone circles to celebrate the Winter Solstice – four days ahead of the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

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  • 1. Elsie  |  December 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

    We won’t go hungry but lots of people will,so if you are in a supermarket please donate to a food bank.

  • 2. Janet  |  December 22, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Yes I agree with you Elsie. I saw a programe on TV last night highlighting the plight of people who are homeless and because of benefit changes some cannot pay their rent and are facing eviction. Many have to go to food banks to get enough food to eat. I feel sorry for the rought sleepers who have to sleep on the streets in dreadful conditions. The rough sleepers numbers have doubled because of austerity and council cuts.

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