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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comGreetings to all of  you who visit and follow this blog my thanks for your support.

I'm unlikely to add any new posts to the blog this side of the New Year. 

Here's an appropriate image on which to end the year and start the festive break and remind us all of the story behind the celebrations.

I'll still be tweeting over the holiday season and you can follow these on this page. 

I will use the following hashtag #formbyxmas

Join in the conversation. Share your celebrations,  send your images, your stories and tales of Christmas and the New Year Holiday season.

Until next year then, au revoir.

Sean Brady 
Editor and Curator of FormbyFirst.org.uk and twitter.com/formbyvillage


Winter Solstice 2013

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It's almost time, just slightly more than three days, before we celebrate Christmas once again. Today it's the Winter Solstice.

This occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest. Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Last year there was an added note of interest because some people thought that the world would come to an end on the occasion and that this is predicted in the Mayan calendar.

The Mayan calendar moves in cycles with the last cycle ending in December 2012. This is often interpreted as "the world will end on 21 December 2012, at 11:11 UTC".

The last day of the Mayan calendar corresponds with the Winter Solstice (or December Solstice), which has played a significant role in many cultures all over the world.

The Maya didn't invent the calendar, it was used by most cultures in pre-Columbian Central America – including the Maya – from around 2000 BC to the 16th century. The Mayan civilization developed the calendar further and it's still in use in some Maya communities today.
(Source: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/mayan.html)

Needless to say we're all still here and we can look forward to another festive season. I always like to console myself with the thought that from tomorrow ' The days are starting to get longer.'