the winter solstice, when is it?

@ESKARENA1 (18299)
December 22, 2007 7:26am CST
Now, ive been an old queen of the mid winter for these last 40 years or so and as far as i know its always been winter solstice on the 21st of December, now...a good friend of mine, who for reasons best known to herself wants to remain annonimous, said to me this year it was the 22nd. Having looked at my diary, indeed it appears true, last year it was the 21st, next year its the 21st, this year its the 22nd. My answer is to have a two day party, anyone else know why this happened?
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• Canada
19 Mar 08
By definition, Winter Solstice is the day with the shortest day lights on the Northern Hemisphere. It may fall on Dec 21 or Dec 22. This variation happens because a year has 365.242199... days, not exactly 365.25 days. In most years, Winter Solstice falls on Dec 21. However, to the best of my knowledge, in 1982, 83, 86, 87, 2002, 03, 06, 07, Winter Solstice falls on Dec 22.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
19 Mar 08
thank you for explaining clearly what has happened blessed be
@crazy1 (480)
• New Zealand
22 Dec 07
Here in good old NZ it's on the 22nd every year, June being our winter, december the summer. I'm at a bit of a loss to explain why the differences there. A two day party sounds good though.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
22 Dec 07
well the two day party is well on its way, yesa i made the right decision
@derek_a (10902)
23 Dec 07
I don't know, I could have this completely wrong, but could it be something to do with the shifting of the earth on her axis? This would upset compasses etc. which is all related to this illusion we call time. Or is time speeding up (it seems to for me) and we are in tomorrow before today has ended? By the time we have recognised it's the 21st, the 22nd is upon us - Or is it just the ageing process.. LOL.
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• United States
24 Dec 07
I wish I knew the answer to this question a while back LOL I had thought it was on the 21st this year (for some reason I had not checked) and celebrated it on the wrong day (sigh). Wish I had thought about doing a 2 day party instead LOL.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
23 Dec 07
Winter Solstice varies every year. It is between December 20 and the 23rd, whenever shortest day or the longest night of the year occurs. This year in Central time zone it was 1:08am on December 22nd, which is why some people celebrated today. People we know typically celebrate it on December 21st at sunset. Although we prefer to celebrate it at the actual time on the actual day if possible since Winter Solstice is really only a moment.