Sunday December 21 is the Winter Solstice. That means it is the day with the shortest daylight hours and has the longest night .I like the though of a day that is so short it used to scare people. They thought the night was so long it would never be daylight again . They would light fires and danced around them sometimes singing and paying instruments long into the night . When the sun did come up the next day they rejoiced the rebirth of the sun , so happy were they .
They usually had the last feast of the year then too . They would kill off any excess livestock so they wouldn't have to worry about feeding them in the winter when food was so scarce . It must have been a hard time , a scary time knowing you were facing the winter starvation , diseases that come with the cold , and no sun on top of it must have been seen as the last straw . It is no wonder they had a party on the longest night of the year to make them feel brave hoping all the while the sun would be reborn and appear the next morning .