» Winter Solstice December 21, 2017 Winter is coming. No, not a new season of Game of Thrones—but the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For 2017, it occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday, December 21. On this day, the sun rises late and sets early, making for less daylight—only 2 hours, 15 minutes in Rovaniemi, Finland, located four miles from the Arctic Circle. In the Southern Hemisphere, though, this day will be long—with more than 17 hours of light in the southernmost city of Ushuaia, Argentina! Celebrate the Winter Solstice in the cafeteria by inviting children to decorate candles made from construction paper to “light up” the dark and hang paper snowflakes around the lunchroom. Share activity ideas that the kids can take home, such as making a Winter Solstice tree (made from apples, peanut butter and birdseed to be placed outside to help feed animals during the darker days) or a Winter Solstice lantern (you’ll find many easy tutorials on the internet).
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