Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and while that may not be a major event if you live in the lower 48, for Alaskans it marks the point in the year where the daylight begins to increase. Until this magical moment arrives many of us medicate ourselves with tanning beds, winter trips to warmer climes and various states of inebriation. I call Winter Solstice the "first day of summer" and for the initial few weeks we gain only a handful of seconds or minutes in a day, but by April the days are so long that at 10pm it is still twilight in Anchorage.

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