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It's that time of the year again boys and girls. No I'm not talking about the ???Big Games??? on the tube.

Nor am I referring to the endless shopping we are supposed to do.

No what I'm talking about is the reason we celebrate at this time of the year.

For a moment lets look back into history. No I'm not talking about christian history. I know radical concept. Lets go back even further than that.

Ancient people's in the northern hemisphere knew of this time of year. It's the thing that happens on December 21-22 depending on the earths rotation. For those of you that took astronomy in high school it's called the Winter Solstice. Literally it's the day in which the ???Daylight??? starts to return. This means the usable daylight will be getting longer and the nights shorter.

Both good thing as far as I'm concerned.

The solstice and the equinox had special meaning for ancient peoples.

Temples and burial sites were set up to take advantage of this day. Doorways, windows and light shafts were placed to only be illuminated on those two days. There are a thousand theories on why this was done. Honoring the dead, pleasing the Gods and as a year clock. Stone Henge not only told of the solstice and the equinox. It told of spring, summer, fall and winter. And a few other dates. What ever the reason was it was a big deal for them. Kind of cool don't you think?

I have often thought of doing something like that in my house or yard. I would also want one that would shine on my birthday. Just for the fun of it.

I have always liked Yule instead of Christmas. At least as I got older.

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That day was an odd one when I was growing up, Christmas that is. Check out the piece I wrote about it.

It's called Memories Of Christmas

Working retail for far too many years will jade anyone. It's hard for me to like it, and don't get me started on Black Friday.

While I was taking astronomy and astrophysics I gained an appreciation for the solstice and equinox.

Then again I think the ???New Year??? should start on the solstice. It would have an astronomical event to signify it and mark it's passing. For me it would make better than an arbitrary day like January 1.

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BTW.

The solstice was also called the birth of the new sun.

Hey, that sounds familiar.

Yule Like this

Posted by admin on December 15, 2013