No one really knows when humans became aware of the changing seasons. It was probably early on. Plants grew and fruited at a certain time. Animals migrated at a certain time. The weather changed at certain times. In many ancient civilizations the solstice and equinox were times for celebration.
On Winter Solstice we celebrate the shortest day of the year with the least amount of sunlight. From here the days get longer until we get to Summer Solstice in June, the longest day of the year. In many ancient cultures Winter Solstice was celebrated as New Years as the days lengthened. The celebrations differed depending on when and where you are.
Our modern celebrations include Chanukah, Christmas, and Kwanza and New Years. BUT some of us still like to keep the old traditions. It’s a nice way to start the Holiday Season.
Here on the Eastern Shore today(Thursday 12/22/11) is Winter Solstice,and Winter officially begins at 10:30 am EST. Amazingly the weather prediction is for cloudy and near 70F.
So take a minute today to stop, look up, and say thanks to your Creator for the year gone by and hope for a better year to come.