Home & Garden Home How to Make the Most of the Season's Shortest Days By Catie Leary Writer and Photographer Georgia State University Catie Leary writes and curates visual stories about science, animals, the arts, travel, and the natural world. our editorial process Catie Leary Updated December 18, 2019 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Family Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating A couple pulls a sleigh through the snow in Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) The shortest day of the year is upon us. With the Earth's axis tilting at 23.5 degrees, everything north of the equator is currently at its farthest possible point from the sun. Although the altitude of the midday sun will gradually begin to rise from now until the summer solstice, the increase in sunlight hours means nothing for the actual winter weather forecast. Don't let frosty weather get you down, though! There are plenty of ways to make the most of the chill, whether it's trying out a new winter recipe, going for a sled ride, maintaining or starting a winter exercise regimen, getting inspired with these indoor play ideas, or just spending quality, cozy "hygge" time with family and friends.