21 December 2012

21 December - Saint Thomas the Apostle

Saint Thomas gray, Saint Thomas gray,
The longest night and the shortest day!

Astronomy: The Winter Solstice occurs early this morning at 6:12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (11:12 Universal Time).  The Old Farmers Almanac says that it is the earliest winter solstice since 1896.

Winter Solstice for us in the northern hemisphere… Summer Solstice for those in the Antipodes.  Maybe it is just easier to call it December Solstice.

Weather Lore:

This is the 2nd Winter Ember Day.  The weather today indicates the weather for February.

As the wind and weather on the solstice, so will it be for the next three months.

The first three days of a season govern the next three months.

A frost beginning on Saint Thomas's Day will last for three months.

Frost on the shortest day is said to indicate a severe winter.

If it freezes on the shortest day, the price of corn will fall;
If it be mild weather, the price of corn will go up.

Look at a weathercock at 12:00 noon on St. Thomas’s Day and see which way the wind blows – for there it will stay for the next (lunar) quarter.

Farming and Gardening:

The day of St. Thomas, the blessed divine,
Is good for brewing, baking, and killing fat swine.

Plant shallots on the shortest day and harvest them on the longest.

At Calmina, the birthday of the blessed apostle Thomas, who preached the Gospel to the Parthians, the Medes, the Persians and Hyrcanians.  Having finally penetrated into India, and instructed those nations in the Christian religion, he died transpierced with lances by order of the king.  His remains were first taken to the city of Edessa and then to Ortona.

Well a day, well a day,
St. Thomas goes too soon away;
Then your gooding we do pray,
For the good time will not stay.
Please to remember St. Thomas Day.