The harsh winter birthday can lead to a strong, easygoing little babe.
Traditions, myths, legends; whatever word or term you use to describe wisdom from an era long gone, it's interesting how some ancient stories can still hold significant meaning today. Could it be the excitement and allure of the unknown that gives these mystic beliefs such staying power? Whatever it is, almost nothing is as mysterious or miraculous as giving birth. Regardless of your personal stance on the matter of myths, you might be surprised to find out that there are some particularly peculiar old wives’ tales about babies born on the winter solstice. Whether your little one was delivered many moons ago or your due date is quickly approaching, understanding the cultural significance of having a winter solstice birthday can be quite enlightening.
As Romper previously reported, the winter solstice is the point in time when the earth is tilted farthest away from the sun. It also marks the first day of the astrological winter for the Northern Hemisphere. The date varies a bit each year, but it typically falls between Dec. 21 through Dec. 23. In 2023, the winter solstice happens on Dec. 21 at 10:27 p.m. EST, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, but the longest night. It marks a turning point in the seasons since the nights that follow will grow shorter and shorter until the summer solstice — a day that is basically the exact opposite.This change is a cause for celebration that the harsh winter will end and sunnier days are on the (eventual) horizon. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that old wives’ tales exist about the winter solstice's influence on a baby's birth, since both mark new beginnings.
Babies born on the winter solstice are lucky.
It's not surprising that the lunar phases play a role in certain old wives’ tales about babies born during the winter solstice. For instance, the Almanac also stated that December moon, winter Solstice babies are more likely to be lucky and successful in life. Winter solstice also happens to be just a few days away from Christmas, which is pretty lucky when you’re a kid who gets presents twice in one week.
Babies born on the winter solstice are easygoing.
The word solstice is derived from two latin terms that translate to “sun” and the phrase, “to stand still,” according to Dictionary.com. So, it actually makes a lot of sense that winter solstice babies are believed to be pretty chill.
Dr. Xenia Gonda, an assistant professor at Semmelweis University in Budapest, published a study in the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology examining scientific evidence that verifies the claims of Eastern European old wives’ tales and folklore. The study stated that, "those born in the winter were significantly less prone to irritable temperament than those born at other times of the year." So, there might actually be some truth to the superstition that winter solstice babies have a more pleasant disposition than others.
Babies born on the winter solstice are hardworking.
In ancient Austrian, German, and Swiss mythology, on the winter solstice, the goddess Holle, "checked the quality of each woman's work and offered rewards or punishment," as explained in the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines by Patricia Monaghan. From those old stories came the folklore that babies born during winter solstice had the hardworking quality of the goddess Holle. In fact, if your baby is born on winter solstice, a sweet December baby name to consider is Holly — a nod to the goddess and the season of good tidings.
Baby names for those babies born on winter solstice:
And if you do have a sweet winter babe born on the winter solstice, it’s nice to connect those ethereal vibes with your child’s name. Here are some sweet baby names perfect for a little one born on the winter solstice:
- Lucia; “light” and represents Saint Lucia Day
- Cole; “coal black” and represents the fire and warmth of winter solstice celebrations
- Bridget; “strength” and represents the resilience needed for winter
- Matilda; “battle-mighty” and represents the resilience needed for winter
- Scarlett; “red” and represents the flames to keep warm in winter
- Ember; “amber” and represents the flames to keep warm in winter
- Hope; “hope” and represents the hope needed for winter
- Asher; “fortunate” and represents the blessing of light to come
- Ethan; “strong, firm” and represents the resilience needed for winter
- Rupert; “bright fame” and represents the light to come
Though it’s an astrological event, the winter solstice can be very spiritual in nature. So even if you aren’t really superstitious (but you are a little bit stitious) these old wives’ tales about having a winter solstice baby are interesting to ponder as your little one grows.
Birth Season Affects Your Mood In Later Life. (2014, October 19.) Dr. Xenia Gonda, Semmelweis University in Budapest, European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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