Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Winter Solstice!

As I blogged at the last Summer Solstice, it is actually the winter one that we should celebrate. It may not be as much fun to cavort outdoors with the Neo-pagans, but it's a good day for blazing fire and a warm hearth.

The sun will come up no farther south tomorrow, which is a very good thing.

Today was even a good solar day on the Wasatch Front as the sun actually came out briefly. And while we didn't get the snow that was forecast, there was enough of a change in the weather that it cleared out the chokingly bad inversion air that has been piling up. So it was a refreshing and hopeful day.

This is the time of year when we celebrate winter holy days. Early Christians appropriated pre-Christian solstice celebrations to come up with a time to celebrate Christ's Mass. Jewish tradition celebrates the miracle of lights in rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem during the revolt of the Maccabees.

It's a great time for lights. I'm going to go light the fireplace even if it is only a gas jet. Time to get your Yule on!

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