Today is the Shortest Day of the Year!

winter solstice sun.
@norcal (3264)
Nevada City, California
December 23, 2015 7:13pm CST
At least it is for those of us who live in the Northern hemisphere. This is wonderful news to me, because I hate the short dark days of winter. The sun has been hugging the horizon so hard, it is barely up over the trees at high noon. I remember driving to work in the dark and driving home in the dark. Thank goodness I don't have to do that anymore. Tomorrow, the day will be just a little bit longer, and then every day after that will be longer and longer, until the summer solstice, which happens around June 21 or 22nd. Photo © Copyright sylvia duckworth and licensed for reuse under CC BY 2.0
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@Platespinner (19087)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Dec 15
It's been heavily overcast the last couple of days, making that dark last longer and feel like it never goes away. I'm ready for some sunshine!
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
24 Dec 15
Clouds do make the days seem even shorter.
@jaboUK (51416)
• United Kingdom
24 Dec 15
The winter solstice was on the 22nd Dec this year, making that the shortest day I think. Hey - who cares? The days will be longer from now on and Spring will soon be here.
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
24 Dec 15
You are correct, I was thinking today was the 22nd!
• United States
24 Dec 15
It was still dark when I went to bed around 7:30, and it's usually just barely getting light. It was dark when I woke up at 5 pm, but that is nothing new. The day goes by as I sleep so dark is really a close friend to me.
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
24 Dec 15
Is your schedule that way because you work at night, or is that just your natural rhythm?
@TRBRocks420 (64328)
• Banks, Oregon
24 Dec 15
I noticed it got dark awfully early tonight.
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
24 Dec 15
The days have been awfully short for a while now, and it will be a few weeks before they will be noticeably longer.
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@cindiowens (3916)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
24 Dec 15
I am happy that longer periods of daylight are coming soon!
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@norcal (3264)
• Nevada City, California
24 Dec 15
Me too! Even though it's going to take some time, at least we are headed in the right direction.
@celticeagle (114380)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Dec 15
Yes, we should have some longer ones now. I think the time is set back in Fall and Spring to off set these longer and shorter days.
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@jstory07 (59698)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Dec 15
Christmas,
I hate that it gets dark so early. Longer days sound good to me.
@sharon6345 (105071)
• United States
24 Dec 15
I just hope it does not snow for right now. It's too dark for me too early to be honest.
• Preston, England
24 Dec 15
for many pagans the Winter solstice shortest day point is celebrated rather than Christmas itself