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Well the days have been getting shorter and shorter and here we are, December 21st, the shortest day of the year.

Yep, the Winter Solstice begins at 10:28 a.m. on December 21st, 2017.

I review this every year because I think people want to know why it is the shortest day of the year.

The winter solstice occurs when the earth’s axis is least aligned with the sun, giving the Northern Hemisphere the shortest amount of daylight signifying the first day of winter.

Hence, the Southern Hemisphere will have their longest day of the year.

After the 21st, our nights will begin to get shorter as the earth rotates around the sun.

Almost appropriately, the weather is going to feel like winter, and just in time for Christmas.

It always amazes me that we can go from a high of 68 to a high of 35, all in a few days time.

Just the usual crazy weather in the state of Oklahoma! But I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Christmas is just a few days away, so I hope everyone is ready.

It is such a joyful holiday celebrating the birth of Christ, so even if things aren’t perfect, keep in mind what it is all about.

Enjoy family and friends, laugh, love, and safe travels, and always…Enjoy the Earth! Diana.

P.S. Just a note about New Year’s Eve, The Artichoke will not be open on Sunday, New Year’s Eve because we are in Mayes County and cannot serve wine or alcohol. I hope you plan on having a nice dinner with us on Friday or Saturday before! Thanks!!