Winter Solstice

December 21st, 2021

Winter Solstice is also known as the shortest day of the year or the longest night. The dates in the UK will usually vary either 21st or 22nd of December. This year it falls on Tuesday 21st of December. 

Did you know that the shortest day lasts only 7 hours, 49 minutes, and 42 seconds? 

After this day, the days will get longer and nights shorter. Yay!!

Earth has seasons because our planet is tilted on its axis with respect to our orbit around the Sun. The word Solstice translates to “Sun standstill”, and it comes from Latin Sol (Sun) and “sistere” (to not move).

Did you know that the winter solstice occurs on the 21st or 22nd of June in the southern hemisphere? 

Do you have any special plans for this shortest day?

I think Winter Solstice night is a great night for watching a good movie and cuddling with your furry friend. 

Winter Solstice Traditions

One of the most magical traditions must be Stonehenge gathering. People will gather at dawn the day after the longest night to witness the breath-taking occurrence of the Sun rising through the Stonehenge stones. It must be a truly magical experience. I have never been but would love to go.

How does Winter Solstice affect us?

The change in seasons that brings us into the winter solstice can affect our body’s circadian rhythm. This regulates our regular sleep cycles and our ability to produce melatonin (the body’s sleep hormone). 

How does Winter Solstice affect animals?

We might not see a big change in our pet’s behaviour, but there can be some differences. Though, it’s nothing we wouldn’t see happening in ourselves. Daylight is essential for us humans, and it also matters to other mammals. We rely on light to let our internal clocks know what time of the day it is. Our internal clocks might be thrown way off if there is less light out. Just as we will need more naps in the wintertime, our doggies will also be needing more sleep. On grey, cold days, they won’t be as happy to go out for walks as usual. At least some of them! 

If your doggie is suffering from wintertime blues, you can try to use our Calming Floral Spray. It’s not only calming but also uplifting! 

And if you don’t feel like napping on this shortest day, you can make some lovely treats for your dog! You know he will love it!

Bea xx

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