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Since [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34 had trimmed the tree by the time I came home last night, I am feeling festive.

my xmas stocking )
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Because I usually spend Christmas with my father's family (who I am with in Mexico right now) I have often celebrated solstice with my mom, so it is appropriate that I got this from her:

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season. I use the generic term
as some of you do not celebrate Christmas but some other holiday this
time of year. This seems to have become such an issue this year with
some in the Christmas crowd feeling slighted because they are not
singled out for special treatment. Why have some of these folks become
so touchy I wonder? They remind me of hyper-feminazis who bristle at
words like 'history' because it has the word 'his' in it and thus can
be seen to dismiss all that is female from historical consideration. I
hear the phrases "taking God (or Christ) out of Christmas," but those
charges have long been levied against the consumerism promoted by a
capitalist system dependent on consumerism. I would think they would be
happy to see that it is not only Christmas that is thus afflicted.

Today is the solstice, the shortest day of the year, and tomorrow will
have just a bit more daylight in it. This shortest day has long been a
cause for celebration in parts of the earth farther from the equator
where the tilted axis creates extremes. Close to the poles people are
in perpetual darkness or daylight now.

The Norse celebrated Jol or Yule which derives from "wheel" meaning
that the year had made a complete cycle, which in the Julian calendar
fell on December 25. When the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as the
state religion it reassigned holidays giving them a Christian theme.
Thus the solstice, also celebrated as the birthday of Roman gods,
became the birthday of Jesus. When Gregory redesigned the calendar the
solstice fell on the 21st, but the holiday stayed stuck to the 25th, so
technically we should be celebrating Christmas today. And all this
celebration originated simply because the earth tilts and when it gets
dark and gloomy people want to liven things up by hanging decorations,
lighting lights, and gathering together to celebrate.

This is a time to enjoy our blessings and share good times with
friends, family, and even complete strangers. So lets celebrate
whatever it is that you traditionally celebrate and enjoy it all in a
spirit of generosity and good cheer. Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukah, Good
Solstice, Merry Christmas, and any others I forgot to mention.

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