From my brother John:
The solstice (from old English meaning “sun-standing-still”) is the time of turning, when the days change from shortening to lengthening. It is often seen as a time when we can leave behind that which we don’t want to carry into the new cycle and begin anew with goals of intention.
Though often thought of as a Celtic celebration, the return of the sun has been celebrated in nearly every culture, east and west.
The Solstice is at 4:23 PST, December 21.
An interesting article can be found on the web site of Project Astro Utah.
Happy Solstice, everyone!