Does anyone else celebrate summer or winter Solstice?
Summer Solstice is usually a super party up here. It is a real big deal.
Winter Solstice is noted and hardly a phone call or greeting today will be missed without the accompanied Happy Solstice. There will be a few parties as well. Not as big as summer and a bit combined with Christmas parties.
I find it interesting and noteworthy, although I know decidedly less about it than others, probably way less than I should. I did however follow it more closely when I lived in an extreme, your extreme actually, Alaska back in the 90s.
Christians are celebrating solstice right now. They just don’t know it.
You see, people in the northern hemisphere and especially in Europe have always needed something to get their spirits up during the shortest days of the year. A feast with lots of lights and a lighted tree, lots of food. candles, etc. chases the gloom away.
There is absolutely no indication as to when Jesus was born. Nothing tells us it was December 25.
The Christian Church just hijacked the Winter Solstice Celebration and with their usual intolerance turned it from a pagan feast to an alleged feast of the birth of Jesus.