Keep hearing or reading this word Solastice i.e. December 21 or 22 is winter Solastice — No it’s not Pontiac’s trendy solstice covertible car.The winter solstice marks the first day of the season of winter..Winter solstice for 2007 will occur in North America on December 21 or 22, depending on your time zone..Solstice, from the Latin for sun stands still,occurs twice a year, whenever Earth’s axis tilts the most toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to be farthest north or south at noon. The term solstice can also be used in a wider sense as the date (day) that such a passage happens.No one’s really sure how long ago humans recognized the winter solstice and began heralding the day that marks the return of the sun. Many cultures the world over perform solstice ceremonies.The summer solstice marks the first day of the season of summer.The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, respectively, in the sense that the length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a maximum for the year. And in China, even though the calendar is based on the moon, the day of winter solstice is called Dong Zhi, “The Arrival of Winter.The early Germans built a stone altar to Hertha, or Bertha, goddess of domesticity and the home, during winter solstice.In Chicago, there are 15:02 hours of daylight on the summer solstice of June 21, 1999 and there are 9:20 hours of daylight on the winter solstice of December 22, 1999.