December: Winter Begins
On what date in December does winter begin? Well, that depends on whom you ask. In the Northern Hemisphere, meteorologists commonly count winter from December 1. Astronomers will tell you it begins with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year (December 21 or 22). Of course, in the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins in June.
Whenever winter begins, it’s a season with its own stark beauty, holiday spirit, and opportunities for ice and snow sports in many areas. Enjoy poetry, images, and videos of the season.
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Sleds and Sleighs Clipart
Gallery of sleds and sleighs clipart illustrations from the ClipArt ETC website.
Winter in Verse
"Snow-Bound" by John Greenleaf Whittier
This winter poem by Whittier chronicles a rural New England family as a snowstorm rages outside. It captures a rapidly-disappearing lifestyle. Audio available from the Lit2Go website. Duration: 30:06. Also available as a PDF.
Inclination of Earth on Solstices
An illustration of the Earth’s inclination on the summer and winter solstices from the Maps ETC website.
A gallery of snow illustrations including many examples of snow crystals from the ClipArt ETC website.
"The Woods in Winter"
"When Winter Darkening All Around"
Winter Olympics Dolls
Stuffed fabric dolls (Kristin and Håkon) from Norway that served as the mascots for the 17th Winter Olympics. Photos from the ClipPix ETC website.
Doll in Winter Clothing
Beautiful porcelain doll from China. She is wearing a gold kimono with a brocade obi (sash). She has a lovely blue brocade coat with white fur trim. Her hat is also white fur, with a jewel in the front. She has a hand painted face on a ceramic head, and her hair is in the traditional geisha hairstyle. She is holding a black stick with red tassels. A small wooden sign says “Dong” or “Winter” in Chinese. From the ClipPix ETC website.