Each year after on the Winter Solstice or close to it, boating and sailing enthusiasts get together to celebrate with a big chili cook-off they call the "Bottom of the Pit" party, meaning the sun has reached its lowest point in the sky and will work

Park volunteer Anne Moore leads a tour through the Muir Woods during the Muir Woods' Winter Solstice celebration in Mill Valley, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. For the first time in 30 years the program celebrated the shortest day of the year instead

That's why residents go all out to mark the winter solstice, when the days shift from losing sunlight to gaining sunlight. This year, the town even funded its own fireworks display through Kickstarter. (Fireworks are better enjoyed during the winter

One calendar cycle comes to an end today as another begins. This magical moment is the December solstice, when the Sun stands farthest south in the sky for the entire year. It marks the end of autumn and beginning of

solstice.jpg Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert from the Make Music Winter Festival, kicks things off with an outdoor, traveling performance of Franz Schubert's "Winterreise," during the Snug Harbor Winter Solstice Festival on Friday night. Staten