We're celebrating the upcoming Winter Solstice with a sale!
FREE SHIPPING sitewide AND 30% off our Cosmos collection (designed by the one-and-only Oliver Jeffers). Winter solstice is literally the darkest day of the year, let’s brighten it up with our beloved Cosmos print and some free shipping!
What is the winter solstice?
As you might remember from science class, the earth rotates on a tilted axis.This tilt directly impacts the amount of sunlight we get throughout the year. The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year; it’s when the sun travels the shortest path in the sky. It’s also known as the “astronomical winter.” In the northern hemisphere, this is December and in the southern hemisphere, this happens in June.
When is the winter solstice?
This year the winter solstice will be on December 21st. The Northern Hemisphere will have just 8 hours and 46 minutes of daylight and at 10:19 pm the Earth’s axis will be titled in such a way that the North Pole of Earth faces the furthest away from the sun.
Why does this matter?
Well, aside from the impact of sunlight on your day-to-day, the winter solstice is often celebrated with festivals and ceremonies that honor the sun’s rebirth. For as long as humans have observed the night sky, they have noted and honored astronomical cycles and events (see monuments like Chichén Itzá, Stonehenge, and the Goseck circle).
We think it’s a great time to reconnect to the natural world and our place within it.
(And if the shortest days of the year don’t get you excited, just remember that days will get longer and longer after December 21st!)
Read more about our collaboration with Oliver Jeffers and check out his Q+A here.