Welcome Winter | Winter Solstice – December 21st, 2021

Well, Winter is now here officially whether you like it or not. Today is the Winter Solstice! Surprisingly, there is actually a decent amount of history regarding this chilly season. Read more on the season, how to enjoy the cold weather in Virginia, and how to prepare your home!

 

History on the Winter Solstice

The date of the winter solstice varies from year to year, and can fall anywhere between December 20 and December 23, with the 21st or 22nd being the most common dates. The reason for this is because the tropical year—the time it takes for the sun to return to the same spot relative to Earth—is different from the calendar year. The next solstice occurring on December 20 will not happen until 2080, and the next December 23 solstice will not occur until 2303.

As most are keenly aware, daylight hours grow shorter and shorter as the winter solstice approaches, and begin to slowly lengthen afterward. It’s no wonder that the day of the solstice is referred to in some cultures as the “shortest day of the year” or “extreme of winter.”

Winter in Virginia

As for things to do or get excited about, Virginia Is For Lovers has some wonderful information. “Virginia’s winter season brings shorter days and cooler temperatures, but there are still many fun things to do. Skiing in Virginia allows you to spend some time in the Great Outdoors in a safe, socially-distanced way. Getaways at Virginia mountain resorts or private cabin rentals offer cozy places to enjoy Virginia’s winter beauty. Take a break from the slopes and head to a cozy winery, or relax and unwind at a spa in Virginia

For a coastal winter vacation, book a whale watching tour in Virginia Beach to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of marine wildlife, then spend some time strolling along the quiet and pristine off-season beaches.”

Source: Virginia Is for Lovers

Make Your Home Winter Ready

And lastly, we want to make sure your home is ready for cooler temperatures! “Getting yourself ready for winter is a snap. Gloves? Check! Scarf? Right here. But readying your home for a long, cold season is another story. So, until someone invents a turtleneck sweater you can put around your house when it gets cold, there’s some organizing to do. We’ve got the tips to help you.”

Source: HGTV

Fear not! There is plenty to love and celebrate when it comes to Winter – especially when it comes to Virginia. Make the most of every season here in Hampton Roads. 

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