Seasons Greetings to all, no matter which celebration you are involved in.
All the best in the New Year.
From Stonehenge in England to the Kokino observatory in Macedonia, people gather every year to mark the winter solstice.
Dec. 21 is the shortest day of the year, in terms of daylight hours, in the Northern Hemisphere.
At 12:30 a.m. ET (or 5:30 a.m. GMT) on Dec. 22, the hemisphere begins its tilt back toward the sun, marking the winter solstice in this part of the world and slowly leading to longer days.
But other festivities would eventually eclipse Saturnalia. Christianity took hold in the Roman Empire, and Christmas became a more prominent event.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa, the Greek festival of Kronos and other celebrations also occur at this time of year.