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winter solstice

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Definition the instant in each year when the Sun, as seen from Earth, is farthest from the equator such that the time of daylight is shorter than any other day; or more broadly, the day that holds that instant
  • I think I may become a New Age person next year and celebrate the winter solstice by leaving my family and going to Stonehenge to dance with Druids.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • December twenty-fifth, my friends, is the ancient pagan holiday of sol invictus-Unconquered Sun-coinciding with the winter solstice.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It is not my habit to hand out secrets like candied nuts on winter solstice.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • As I recall, I voted to let you live at the winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • For reasons we don't yet understand, it must happen by the winter solstice, only four days from now.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • After the winter solstice its windows filled to overflowing with blue sky as wide as a river in flood.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • And I shall bring it back to Olympus by winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • Rowan has until the winter solstice to swear fealty and fulfill my lord's demands.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • My nerves haven't been right since the winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Nico di Angelo came into Olympus to a hero's welcome, his father right behind him, despite the fact that Hades was only supposed to visit Olympus on winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • It was a fine and quiet afternoon, about three o'clock; but the winter solstice having stealthily come on, the lowness of the sun caused the hour to seem later than it actually was, there being little here to remind an inhabitant that he must unlearn his summer experience of the sky as a dial.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The tree is the World Axis in its wish-fulfilling, fruitful aspect—the same as that displayed in Christian homes at the season of the winter solstice, which is the moment of the rebirth or return of the sun, a joyous custom inherited from the Germanic paganism that has given to the modern German language its feminine Sonne.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He wasn't welcomed in Olympus except on the winter solstice, so he'd built his own Olympus underground.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • She was there at the winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • "You were the thief on the winter solstice," he said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • And according to the waitress, it was 9 A.M. on December 21, the winter solstice, which gave them three hours until Enceladus's deadline.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Tomorrow is winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • But I had no idea how to find them, and tomorrow was the winter solstice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • Jason explained about their quest—the prophecy at camp, Hera getting imprisoned, the giant taking Piper's dad, and the winter solstice deadline.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • It was already Wednesday, only two days until winter solstice, and we still had a long way to go.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse

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