SOLSTICE IS THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR.
My wife and I don’t celebrate Christmas but we do celebrate Solstice, which is a much older tradition.
Holidays like Christmas, New Years, Easter, Forth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Hanukkah, Ramadan and all the other days of celebration are creations of men to commemorate something that is only relative in their culture and their location.
The only truly definitive points in our year are Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice,. Our relationship with the sun is the only reason there is life on our planet; and these pivotal, definable points of nature should be a celebration of life.
Nature has given us these four points to define the seasons. Winter solstice is truly the last day of the year.
Our calendar, like our religions and our holidays, is a poor attempt to regulate our life, with dates like New Years arbitrarily established.
In the southern hemisphere their year is a mirror image or ours – the natural occurrence of their seasons a reversal. I do not find this as a contradiction; it only becomes an issue when we attempt to bring it into our accepted concept of Calendar.
So to all of you we wish you a happy end of the year Winter Solstice tomorrow, followed by a safe and happy new year.
the Ol’Buzzard and his remarkable wife.