Today the sun hugs the horizon.
Solstice" is derived from the Latin phrase for "sun stands still. It will appear that the sun raises and sets in the same spot for several days.
The solstices occur twice a year because Earth is tilted by an average of 23.5 degrees as it orbits the sun—the same phenomenon that drives the seasons.
Throughout history the winter solstice has been celebrated as the return of summer sunlight. Here is to longer days and new beginnings.