Long before Christmas, people celebrated Winter Solstice. They felt the celebrations made the sun god happy and hurried the coming of Spring. The celebrations were held on the eve of the shortest day of the year. A big log called the Yule log was burned in a great bon fire. People danced and sang around the fire. Families hung mistletoe from the doorways of their homes for good luck. It is still celebrated as part of the Wiccan religion.Wonder what "holiday" we'll be celebrating tomorrow...we have yet to celebrate a holiday for the atheists (we'd get nothing) or satanists (we'd get fire and brimstone?).
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Holidays of All Shapes & Sizes
Kinda weird how we're celebrating the holidays at my work. Everyday they're providing us with a holiday treat, complete with a fact-filled email on the history of the holiday. There's been Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah...but today they ran out of holidays and are doing the Winter Solstice. The email attached to the menu states: