In the UK, the precise time of the solstice will be 5.11pm on Saturday December 21st 2013. The time is different every year, falling between December 20th and 23rd. So for us on Pacific Standard time that already happened today at 9:11am.
In early brick firing kilns, the surface of the bricks that were too close to the fire changed into the volcanic textures and darker/purplish colors. They were often discarded, but around 1900, these bricks were discovered by architects to be usable, distinctive and charming in architectural detailing, adding the earthy quality favored by Arts and Crafts style designers. Modern brick-making techniques can recreate the appearance of these bricks and produce a more consistent product.
and three little custards from leftover pie filling.
Have a Happy Day!!
For those of you who are wondering why
Hanukkah is so early this year here's a short explanation:
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.