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By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

Keeping track of the winter solstice


December 19, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED/English Heritage, UK

Winter solstice at Stonehenge.

I actually prefer using the more inclusive "Happy Holidays." For me it has nothing to do with political correctness or desire to please or at least not offend anybody. It just comes down to the fact that our celebration at the time of Christmas is such a mashup of beliefs and adopted practices from so many eras and cultures that singling out one phrase hardly seems fair.

Eclipsing the fact that Hanukkah and Kwanzaa both happen around this time, there is the great granddaddy of all winter celebrations that occurs around Dec. 21 annually: the winter solstice!

This year it will happen exactly...

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