Winter Solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight out of the year, alternatively Summer Solstice has the most hours of sunlight. Twice annually, we celebrate these natural phenomena signifying the astronomical change in seasons.
Sol-stice in Latin literally mean that the "sun stands still" because it is at this point in time the sun has reached is Northern most point in the sky and almost stands still for a moment before descending back down. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and the gradual return of daylight.
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Solstice is named in homage to all of us dedicated to changing world views away from the reefer-madness of marijuana toward a positive global cannabis movement. Because Solstice is seen as the reversal of the Sun's ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of sun gods have been common. In cultures which used cyclic calendars based on the winter solstice, the "year as reborn" was celebrated with praise to life/death deities or "new beginnings."
As Jesus is the light of the world, many believe that early Christians thought that this was the right time to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus. They also took over some Pagan customs from the Winter Solstice and gave them Christian meanings like Holly, Mistletoe, and even Christmas Carols.
On December 21st, 2017 the sun will rise over Seattle at 7:44am and set at 4:20pm. This 8hr 25min Winter Solstice day is 8hrs and 27min shorter than the longest day of the year on July 21st. Is it a coincidence that the sun sets at 4:20 this Winter Solstice? Probably, but we will capitalize on this opportunity and invite you to celebrate with us the Solstice way!