Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Solstice

I'm not much of a religious guy. But today is a day that has been celebrated by millions and millions of people for thousands and thousands of years. Today is the day of the Winter Solstice. If any of you thought today went by kind of fast, that's because the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, in terms of hours of daylight, that is. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere of this planet, today was that day.

What does this have to do with glamour photography? I don't know. Probably nothing. Although I suppose I could invent something esoteric connecting photography to the solstice if I thought about it for awhile. Ya know, because both of them have to do with light.

Instead, I'll just stay on this solstice thing.

Other holidays have been born of the Winter Solstice with (as you probably already know) Christmas being the most prominent. Hundreds of years after Jesus was born, men decided on the date of his birth and it's no coincidence they chose December 25. When those men were alive, the Winter Solstice occured on that day. Yep, December 25th was made Officially Christmas in 350 A.D. by Pope Julius 1.

But I'm an old-fashioned guy. And some of the fashions I'm old-fashioned about were fashioned long before there were Popes or Jesus. That's why I'm wishing everyone a Happy Solstice! Please don't be alarmed if my pagan-sounding ways sound a bit too pagan. I'm also a contemporary guy so, in case anyone's wondering, I do also celebrate Christmas.

So Happy Solstice and many Yule greetings to all!


Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza etc etc etc.

War on Christmas my ass!

Have great next year everyone.

Anonymous said...

Funniest comment on religion EVER:

I belong (honorarily) to a walking Krewe, the Krewe of the Golden Calf, which literally hauls around a gold-leaf calf in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras.

At one point, a TV reporter asked our leader what our story was. His reply:

"We're religious conservatives. We're trying to get away from all this new age stuff and back to the religion of our forefathers."

I literally HOWLED with laughter. This clip was shown on national television.


Anonymous said...

Yes! Finally someone gets what I've been talking about...