The Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June, and lasts only a brief moment in time.
Interpretation of the event has varied across cultures, but many have held a recognition of rebirth involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals and other celebrations around that time.
The December Solstice in San Diego, California, where I live, is on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:49 PM PST.
The solstice is a time of peace and tranquility, a time for hope and rejoicing, and a time for celebrating the upcoming holidays including the new year.
By ITMA Certified Tea Master Chas Kroll