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I missed a wonderful winter solstice event taking place in Seattle. Fortunately, the Seattle Times reported it:

A hula hoop of fire in the hands of dancer Qathi Hart [...]

This will be the longest night in the next 10,000 years as the planet's tilt is at its max, 23.5 degrees, heading back to 21+ degrees. This is not the Chandler Wobble, which has a period of about 1.2 years but the longer 26,000 year cycle.

My temperment:
sleepy sleepy
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On December 20th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC), sbisson commented:
Wow! What a way to start my next year on the planet!
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On December 20th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC), jilara commented:
I'm just hardwired enough to the real solstice that I find celebrating it a day early to be...unnatural? (Must be my northern European roots.) Totally cool about the longest, longest night stuff, though!
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On December 21st, 2004 04:54 am (UTC), elimloth replied:
I like to celebrate the public events (circles, galas, whichever) and then do a private celebration at the actual time. Too often we can't do public rituals on the day/night of an event as our work oriented society pretty much precludes taking time off work to celebrate.

Right now I have a long burning candle going. It sits on the window sill to cast out the gloom of the longest night. Though the official sunset is 4:20PM, it set behind the mountains at 4:14PM. Sunrise is 7:54AM, but we'll see it rise over the cascades around 8AM. Though the moon is up, the high overcast occludes it.
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