Holidays of Winter
December 21-23: The Winter SolsticeThe winter solstice is the first official day of the winter season. It's also the shortest day of the year and has the longest night, and days after the winter solstice gradually lengthen until the summer solstice arrives in June. The winter solstice was celebrated in pagan cultures as Yule, and some Yuletide traditions have now become Christmas traditions.
See Winter Weather for winter reading and activities.
December 31-January 1: New Year's Eve and DayIn Western culture December 31st is the last day of the year, and January 1st is the first day of the new year. Some modern traditions include staying up until midnight when the year officially changes, and making resolutions to improve personal habits over the year.
February 14: Valentine's DaySt. Valentine's Day began as a Christian feast day for two saints named Valentine who lived in the third century. Today, the holiday celebrates love, but the path between the feast day and modern associations is unclear. While early Valentine's Day celebrations focused on romantic love, it is common today to send Valentine cards to friends and family as well.
See The English Regency for romantic poetry from the Romantic era.