We're coming up on the shortest day of the year, which usually means an early bedtime, some Chinese food delivery, and a half-finished attempt at watching Love Actually to get in under the wire before Christmas. The winter solstice, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 21, is often just known for being the shortest day of the year, when in fact, it's actually a Pagan holiday rich with tradition. This naturally means that there are a ton of winter solstice myths, some completely outlandish and some pretty reasonable, all of which are worth looking into as the shortest day of the year comes closer and closer.
The winter solstice scientifically marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, and with that universal solar experience, it's natural for a whole bunch of absurd theories and traditions to come with it. Since the religious aspects of the solstice are less mainstream nowadays (raise your hand if you're a Pagan), we tend to forget that the short night a few days before Christmas might actually mean something in its own right.
You might not want to have a winter solstice party, but if you did, it would probably be the longest party of the year. Here are six myths about the winter solstice to set you straight before the longest night of the year.