The shortest day
All very obvious, at least I thought so, until I discovered a few years ago, that sometimes the shortest day of the year is actually 22nd December!!!
Apparently, astronomical calculations determine this.
I did find it rather amusing though that folk who “celebrate” the winter solstice on 21st each year, could well be doing it, in some years, on completely the wrong day!!!
That reminded me of my Uncle.
I remember when he died, and my Dad had to help Auntie get all the paperwork sorted out. In the course of events, Dad discovered Auntie’s birth certificate.
“I thought your Birthday was 22nd August?” said my Dad to Auntie.
Auntie looked up with a wry smile.
“Yes,” she said.
“Pop always used to celebrate my Birthday on 22nd, because when we met 45yrs ago, it was 22nd August, and I made some comment about it being a lovely Birthday present meeting someone so nice. I never did tell him it was 23rd!!!”
So, does anyone here celebrate something on the wrong day, or has done, or know of someone who did?
I’m sure some interesting stories are out there to be told.
- 21 Dec, 2010
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