The "Extreme of Winter": Solstice 22nd December 2011

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    Dec 14, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    Anyone else celebrate this rather than the fictional birthdate of a jewish baby?

    If so what do you do and what does it mean to you?

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    Dec 14, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    i pray 4 all the lost boys
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    Dec 14, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    notadumbjock saidi pray 4 all the lost boys


    Does Shiva ever answer you? Anyway, if you want me just ask ME icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 14, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    You mean celebrate the solstice instead of christmas?

    Why not just celebrate christmas like the commercialized consumption holiday it really is.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 14, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    I celebrate the fact we are moving beyond the shortest day of the year and the days will begin getting longer!

    ......January and February can be colder than crap, but at least we are moving along and things are improving (I remember that when I complain
    about the winter).
  • Thirdbeach

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    Dec 14, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    My friends and I usually do something to mark the Solstice (both of them)
    This year we are having a party on the 21st, as some of us are heading to Mexico on the 24th.

    I don't really participate in the commercialized Christmas or the religous aspects of Christmas, but I am looking forward to seeing how the Mexicans celebrate the date.
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    Dec 14, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidYou mean celebrate the solstice instead of christmas?

    Why not just celebrate christmas like the commercialized consumption holiday it really is.


    well my family have the meal etc on the 25th, but it´s just a nice family time. It has no meaning. The solstice is much more interesting in terms of the different symbolism that people have imbued it with.
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    Dec 14, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    notadumbjock saidi pray 4 all the lost boys


    Does Shiva ever answer you? Anyway, if you want me just ask ME icon_rolleyes.gif


    cuz then u'd prob wna touch my lingam.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 14, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidAnyone else celebrate this rather than the fictional birthdate of a jewish baby?

    If so what do you do and what does it mean to you?



    You can't prove that the Lord-Zombie-Baby-Jesus was never born.

    Yep, I'm a "Fundementalist Pagan" and celebrate Yule.

    BTW, didn't you bring this up last year?

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    Dec 14, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    FredPDX said
    Lostboy saidAnyone else celebrate this rather than the fictional birthdate of a jewish baby?

    If so what do you do and what does it mean to you?



    You can't prove that the Lord-Zombie-Baby-Jesus was never born.

    Yep, I'm a "Fundementalist Pagan" and celebrate Yule.

    BTW, didn't you bring this up last year?



    Oh I´m sure there was a Jewish shaman that we refer to as Jesus. It´s just that the only evidence we have suggests he was born in the spring. Not in the middle of winter. The 25th is actually the point when the sun appears to start moving again after it´s three day death from the 21/22nd. The REason for the Season is 100% the winter solstice. It was just co-opted by the christians.

    And I may have done this last year. Can´t remember.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 14, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    I love this cartoon; it summs up my feelings of christmas!
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2743614190101&set=a.1266868392379.2040950.1249865865&type=1&theater

    Hope it comes through for peeps.
  • RP919

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    Dec 14, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    For the past few tears I have been celebrating the winter solstice participating in a yoga class. It's a special class held on;y on the soltices. It is a very spiritual celebration with live music (violin, guitar, tamboura/harmonium and percussion.) The class is followed by a nice after glow gathering. It's all symbolic of the return of the sun and radiance in our lives. It's a nice way to look forward to the longer/warmer days as it's going to be a l-o-n-g winter! I enjoy the celebration every year.
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    Dec 14, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    I honor both.


    Xmas: For the gifts and food
    Solstice: pay respects to The Old Woman
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    Dec 14, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    Why bring us Jews into it?

  • Lincsbear

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    Dec 14, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    Yes, I mark it, Midwinter`s Eve/Day or the Winter Solstice.
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    Dec 15, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI celebrate the fact we are moving beyond the shortest day of the year and the days will begin getting longer!

    ......January and February can be colder than crap, but at least we are moving along and things are improving (I remember that when I complain
    about the winter).
    What he said. I'm a semi-closeted agnostic in a catholic family and we all know how cold it can get in the midwest.
  • tyler_helm

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    Dec 15, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    My Family Celebrates "The festival of Lights" My family is from Sweden Originally and celebrated St. Lucia. We honor that tradition with thier Great Great Grandchildren
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    it's one of the minor Sabbats for me...Imbolc,Beltane,Lammas,and Samhain,being the major ones i celebrate... also it would mark the Festival of Saturnalia...........but my very favorite is Imbolc...the Feast of Lactating Ewes...heralding the lengthening of daylight...
  • dancedancekj

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    Dec 15, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    I love the solstice, because yes - it means we're only gaining more hours of daylight from here on out.

    Plus, after Christmas? All that tacky cheap stuff from China is cleared out and makes room for gardening stuff! You can start buying seeds in early January, and I will be able to start planning on what to grow in the 2012 growing season icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    dancedancekj saidI love the solstice, because yes - it means we're only gaining more hours of daylight from here on out.

    Plus, after Christmas? All that tacky cheap stuff from China is cleared out and makes room for gardening stuff! You can start buying seeds in early January, and I will be able to start planning on what to grow in the 2012 growing season icon_smile.gif


    yet another good reason to love the Solstice....Garden Seeds!...i'm itching to plant already!...got to wait till April...seems like forever................
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI celebrate the fact we are moving beyond the shortest day of the year and the days will begin getting longer!

    Good thing you live in the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise you'd have nothing to celebrate. Or else have to wait until June if you were down under.
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    Dec 15, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Shinra, I will unmake you with my EYES.

    You will be undone.
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    Dec 15, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Festivus for the rest of us hahahicon_lol.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    it's not Christmas w/o a little paganality!
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    Dec 16, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    winter is time to draw inside and regroup for the next year and the solstice is the most passive, internal time with the least light. It represents death and the start of new life as a result of the ending of the old.