Traditions, myths, and legends. Whatever word or term you use to describe wisdom from an era long gone, it's interesting how these ancient stories tend to still hold a special meaning today. Maybe it's because there's something exciting and alluring about such mystic beliefs. And nothing is as mysterious or miraculous as giving birth. Regardless of your personal stance on the matter, you might be surprised to find out some of the more peculiar old wives tales if 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 such a special birthday can be quite enlightening.
Before getting in to the specifics, it's helpful to understand what the technical meaning of Winter Solstice is. It's the, "time of year when days are shorter, nights are longer, the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere is as tilted away from the sun as it will ever be," according to the official website for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). However, the mythical representation of the Winter Solstice is, "an anniversary celebration of creation," Donna Henes, a rituals expert, told Huff Post. Perhaps it's not a coincidence then that old wives tales exist about the Winter Solstice's influence on a baby's birth, since both mark new beginnings.