Today, is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Isaac Newton, Conrad Hilton, Robert Ripley, Carlos Casteneda, and Dido.
Oh, and also Jesus and Mithra
A couple of days ago, the sun stopped its long trip to the south on the Winter Solstice ending a journey it began on June 21st. It then set in the exact same spot for the next two days, and then on this day it has turned around and is now heading back north, bringing on the promise of the return of spring.
The Winter Solstice is celebrated by cultures around the world, and it has been like this for millennia. Ever since man watched the sun, stars and planets, we knew this about the sun.
It was a great holiday full of holiday cheer, frivolity, and mass consumption of food and drink. It became an embarrassment to the 4th century Bishop Liberius of
And it has been with us ever since.
So when you hear people complain about how we need to “put the Christ back in Christmas,” or that “Jesus is the reason for the season” just smile and nod in agreement. Then put another ornament on the fir tree, sing a song about snow and chestnuts, have another pull at the Wassail bowl, put on Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” DVD and read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to your kids one more time.
Ho, ho, ho.