Why Do Holidays Fall Around The Winter Solstice?

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Since ancient times, the winter solstice has been celebrated by different cultures. So why do so many holidays occur during this time?

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Solstice a Cause for Celebration Since Ancient Times
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/12/1220_021220_solstice.html
“The winter solstice is again upon the Northern Hemisphere, and though the year’s shortest day heralds the onset of winter it also promises the gradual return of the sun after a prolonged period of darkness.”

Did the Romans invent Christmas?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/0/20617780
“”Io Saturnalia!” Two thousand years ago this was the seasonal greeting which would have chimed out across most of Europe, not “Merry Christmas”.”

Celebrating Yalda Night
http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Celebrating_Yalda_2.htm
“Iranians around the world celebrate Yalda, which is one of the most ancient Persian festivals.”

Winter Solstice
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/wintersolstice.shtml
“The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world.”

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