Most of North America and other countries on daylight savings time will set their clocks back tonight an hour. That gives us all an extra hour to sleep in tomorrow morning. As the days grow shorter and the holiday season nears, the observation of daylight savings time gives us more use of daytime hours during the winter months.
The official terminology is that daylight savings time began Sunday March 11, 2012 and ends Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 am.
To fall back means a brighter morning for most North Americans. (Hawaii and Arizona are among those that do not participate in daylight savings time).
This was first started by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but was not done routinely until the first World War as a fuel savings effort by the Germans. Then Great Britain followed suit and there was then quite alot of controversy before it became an annual tradition. Finally in 1966 the Congress of the U.S. passed the Uniform Time Act and elected spring forward and fall back as part of the package.
So remember to turn your clocks back tonight before you go to bed and enjoy your extra hour in the morning.