™ [Mercury X23]
Yes, it's the time of year when the Sun dies and must be re-born through an elaborate ceremony that involves some form or type of sacrifice, such as finding gifts for people you can't stand and smiling brightly as you receive yet another gift based on an urban legend that you actually like truly stomach-wrenching color combinations.
Of course there was a time when the Solstice sacrifices were more visceral and the evergreen was covered in things that pleased only ravens and such, but we have put all that behind us by opting for the possibility of electrocuting one another and causing chaos on the power grid.
What a brilliant idea: moving a large supply of pre-kindling soaked with highly flammable resins into your house, loading it down with petrochemical-based ornaments, lacing it with heat-producing electrical devices, and surrounding the base with cardboard boxes and tissue paper. You just can't have a traditional celebration without a proto-bonfire in your living room.
I do think that followers of Mithras
might want to curtail their typical birthday service in light of Mad-Cow Disease
, but global warming will certainly make the services in the oak wood in traditional druidic robes more comfortable.
When you put up your stocking on the mantel and put out the turnips for Gouger, Rooter, Tusker,
as well as the pork pie and sherry for the Hogfather
, you can rest assured the Sun will come up, because it just slipped around back to return the lager it rented.
Enjoy! You have nothing to fear, except that sniveling little creep with the camera/phone at the office party or the eggnog that was put out rather early causing you to suspect that the bits on top aren't nutmeg. [The pictures probably won't appear on the 'Net and the brandy will surely take care of the salmonella.]
[Note: Mercury X23
has graciously re-posted the meaning of NODWISH