Winter Solstice: 21 December

The winter solstice is when we have the fewest hours of sunlight - just under 8 hours - which is a whole 9 hours less than the summer solstice in June. 

Stonehenge (which is not that far from The Great Outdoors HQ) is aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset, believed to be built sometime from 3000 BC to 2000 BC it is thought that the winter solstice was more important to the builders of Stonehenge than the Summer one. 

The winter solstice was historically a time when cattle were slaughtered so they didn’t have to be fed over winter, and the last of the beer & wine was fermented and ready to drink bringing merriment to the dark winter days.

And, after the winter solstice we can look forward to the days slowly starting to get longer again... which is always something worth celebrating.