In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the first day of winter. It falls on or near December 21st.
Winter Solstice is one of the oldest Pagan celebrations in the world. It celebrates the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, when the North Pole is at its furthest point away from the sun.
Short days and long nights, not something I look forward to. This is the time of year that we need all the daylight hours we can get. We are hustling and bustling around preparing for celebrations with family and friends and perhaps shopping at lightning speed.
This is the time of year that traditions become more important to some. Speaking of traditions, our "Holiday Traditions" dinner dance will take place on December 6th at the Summit at Redstone Arsenal. Paula Mittell and her committee have been working diligently to see that everyone will experience a special evening. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there. This annual event is the highlight in the year for many. It is an opportunity to deck ourselves out and enjoy a special evening with friends.
The Past Presidents have out done themselves with plans for an extra special December luncheon on Tuesday, the 16th. "Silver and Gold" for new friends and old is the theme. What better theme could have been devised for a Newcomers special event to celebrate with each other?
So, you probably get the idea that December is a month of all kinds of celebrations for many. Enjoy your selves, take time to "smell the roses" along the way and have a wonderful month.
Some of the interest group activities are still taking place this month but a few are taking a break. After the holidays, they will be back in full swing, something to look forward to.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that have worked this year to make NCGH the wonderful organization it is. I look forward to another six months of working with you.
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