Monday, December 21, 2009
First Day of Winter
According to this year's Farmer's Almanac, winter arrived at 12:47 pm this afternoon. It goes on to say that all outdoor gardening should cease during this month as wintry conditions will spread throughout the region...you think!? Apparently, winter received only half of the memo since the Blizzard of "09, occurred up and down the East Coast this past weekend and spread wintry conditions before today at 12:47pm.
This day, being the shortest and also the turning point of the year, is marked on many gardeners' calenders and in Northern European traditions as St. Thomas's Day. Long ago, St. Thomas's Day was a festival linked to the fertility of the soil and also the anticipation of the return of the sun and warmer days ahead.
According to garden lore and legend, a wise gardener could bank on the condition of the weather, this first day of winter, and get a good idea of how the rest of the winter would generally go. In honor of that thought, cotton candy for everyone...my treat!