Wednesday, December 31, 2003

New Year's thoughts on calendars
January 1 on the Gregorian Calendar was pegged to the winter solstice, but due to inaccuracies over time, the solstice migrated 10 or so days. We celebrate New Year's on January 1 now instead of the Solstice. Go figure. When the Christian missionaries convinced everyone that it was in their best interest to be Christian, they took the pagan solstice of rebirth and said that it was in fact the anniversary of their Christ's birth. That Jesus of Nazereth was born in the Springtime was not known to those missionaries and was secondary to highjacking the solstice holiday anyway. They too pegged Christmas at the Solstice, but because of inaccuracies in the Gregorian Calendar, it too migrated about four days.

We are now faced with the Pagans celebrating the solstice on the solstice, Christian tradition celebrating it four days later, and modern western society celebrating it seven days after that. Interesting and foolish, yes - but it gives us two weeks of Winter Solstice celebrating, which is totally needed when the days are so ridiculously short. It will be almost totally dark by 5:00 PM today.

Wishing you all no terrorists and a Happy New Year!


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