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The winter solstice for this year is Wednesday, December 21, 2022. This is the astronomical first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year. What happens at the winter solstice? Why is the solstice important?
As summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets will advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day. Think of it this way. The solstice brings the return of more sunlight. It only gets brighter from here!
Learn about the Winter Solstice with our activity booklet. It’s full of information, an acrostic poem, a word search, and a maze.
Extra Fun We Have Found
YouTube has some interesting videos on the winter solstice:
Conversation Starters Game or Questions for your 1-on-1s
- What was a favorite snow day memory from your past?
- What was winter like for you as a child?
- What was the most memorable winter you can recall? What happened?
- What are three things that you love about this time of the year?
Fun Solstice Movies to Watch
- Olaf’s Frozen Adventure – animated, 2017, G
- Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas – 1997, TV Movie
- Eight Below, family adventure drama, 2006, PG
- Winter’s Tale – Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, 2014, PG-13
- Happy Feet – animated, 2006, PG
- Serendipity – Comedy, Romance, 2001, PG-13
- Snow White and the Huntsman – Action, Adventure, Drama, 2012, PG-13
- Doctor Zhivago – Classic Drama, 1965, PG-13
- The Grey – Action, Adventure, Drama, 2011, R
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Adventure, Family, Fantasy, 2005, PG
- Fargo, 1996, R
- March of the Penguins – documentary, 2005
- The Day After Tomorrow – Action, 2004, PG-13
“Wintery” Music for Your Playlist
- “River” by Joni Mitchell
- “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes
- “A Hazy Shade Of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel
- “20 Years of Snow” by Regina Spektor
- “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
- “While I Shovel the Snow” by The Walkmen
- “Wintertime Love” by The Doors
- “Cold” by Chris Stapleton
- “You Should Be Here” by Kehlani
- “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas
- “Cold Weather Blues” by Muddy Waters
- “Back to December” by Taylor Swift