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What is the longest night and the shortest day of the year? Winter Solstice of course, which happens to be only 7 days away from now on the 21st of December. You may not notice the days getting longer by much (as it is only a few minutes each day) during the rest of December and throughout January, but they do get longer as is clearly evident from February onward.
Many people get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the long dark nights and dismal days of winter, that is why many enjoy the Christmas period when they have lots of lights and glitter, and have a good excuse to throw a party. ;D I always look forward to February when the snowdrops are in bloom, as I know that it won't be long before ants and other hibernating animals are going to wake up and be out and about.
So come on you good old Winter Solstice, as you may be the middle of winter, but you are the end of the long nights and the beginning of longer days and a new hope for life in our British wildlife. Sorry if you're snowed in right now where you live, but keep warm and live for next year when life awakens and Britain blooms once more.