The winter solstice was this morning at 4:42 a.m. my time. I admire those who stay up all night for solstice, but I prefer to celebrate it by sleeping.
Anyway, the good news is that our days will now start getting longer again. It's about time.
(The bad news is that the days will start getting shorter for folks in the southern hemisphere. But I'm not sure if anyone in the southern hemisphere reads this.)
A couple of useful resources for solstice and equinox dates and times: US Naval Observatory list, Stellafane Equinox & Solstice Calculator (which, alas, still has a timezone bug in Safari). Oh, and in case you're wondering, the shortest day is longer than the shortest night, by that definition of "day" and "night". Looks like today I'm still getting nine and a half hours of daylight, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.
Last year, Chaos pointed me to Susan Cooper's poem "The Shortest Day," which I'll quote my favorite bit of again here:
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
(Hey, I just saw that Susan Cooper lives in Connecticut. Does she get invited to conventions?)