What Is the Winter Solstice?

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The winter solstice usually falls on December 21 each year and is known as the shortest day of the year. It still has 24 hours just like any other day, but it has the fewest amount of daylight hours. This is because the sun is closer to the horizon at this time, making nightfall come earlier than usual. After the winter solstice, the days will begin to get longer and longer.