Winter Solstice occurs Next Tuesday, on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM ET and 23:38 UTC (Universal Time) in the northern hemisphere. The days will lengthen from then to summer. The queens will ramp up their laying, slowly at first, then more so as the days lengthen and the temps rise. Pollen and/or pollen sub can be given as the need arises. The more brood, the more protein they will need. Most hives that die from starvation do so just before the flowers begin blooming, as the brood rearing is at peak, and the stores are running low. Check your bees when possible once the 50's Fahrenheit come back in your area and feed both sugar and protein as needed.