Winter Solstice -  Yule
December 21, 2014 at 6:03 p.m., E.T.
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.  
It was believed the Sun stood still in the sky...
…then, the next day, he continued on his way, and  the days began to lengthen!

                The word Solstice evolved to Middle English, from Old French from Latin solstitium,
from Latin (combination of sol, the sun, and stitium, to stand still.)  
                The word Yule - [Old English geōla, originally a name of a pagan feast lasting 12 days; related to Old Norse jōl, Swedish jul, Gothic jiuleis]

For the Sun, 
who scattered into flight the Stars before him 
from the Field of Night,
Drives Night along with them from Heaven,
and strikes the Sultan’s Turret with a Shaft of Light.
I Rubaiyat
Omar Khayyam