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Middle South

December, 2005
Regional Report

Shows & Events

GardenFest of Lights
Visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, to behold the more than half a million lights, model trains, and abundant displays in their GardenFest of Lights. The show runs nightly from 5 to 10 p.m., November 25, 2005, through January 8, 2006 (except December 24, 25, and 31). For more information, visit their Web site at:

Web Finds

Celebrate the Solstice
December 21 marked the winter solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Also, the sun had its lowest arc in the sky. Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. Many ancient cultures performed elaborate rituals to mark this turning point in the year, and many of our current holiday traditions harken back to these solstice celebrations. The Solstice Web site includes abundant information on the history of the solstice, as well as how ancient cultures influenced so many of our holiday traditions.


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