Anything for a 'gathering'. Mark decided we should have a winter celebration - we had a fire going, food, drink, family and friends. It was a fun night. Michell and Josh with Bella came and Summer and Bryan came with news of her expecting a baby in July. Ben and Andy were there and Ben's old baseball buddy from the Vipers - Nick. Summer's brother came with his friend, too. Ben brought big cigars for the guys. Bella had fun outside with KC and then inside with her new gift from Summer.
From Wikipedia - "The Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the Winter Solstice lasts only an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used as Midwinter or contrastingly the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere."