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21 Dec 05
AKA Winter Solstice
Today is the shortest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
Yes, we still have 24 hours in the day, but most of that will be spent in darkness on this date.
Winter Solstice is the day that the North Pole points its full 23 1/2 degrees away from the sun.
In six months, we'll celebrate Summer Solstice, the day that the North Pole points 23 1/2 degrees toward the sun. That will be our longest day of the year. That will also be known as the first day of Summer, as today is known as the first day of Winter.

The Pagans long celebrated the shortest day of the year.
Just less than 2000 years ago, Winter Solstice occured on the 25th of December, at a time when the earliest Christians were killing off anyone they couldn't convert. The Pagans were one of several groups of people who were being sought out to be converted or destroyed.
For some reason, the Christians couldn't rid the world of Paganism.
So they tried to incorporate some of the Pagan holidays/celebrations into Christianity.
Winter Solstice then became known as Christmas.
Seemed to work. A lot of people now think that December 25th is the day that Jesus was born.
Nope, it's just one of the many stolen celebrations from another culture that Christianity absorbed.

So, today, being the Winter Solstice, is the real holiday.
At least more real than Christmas, because the Pagans have been celebrating it since long long before the Jews came up with a prophesy about a messiah. In fact, the Pagans may have been celebrating Winter Solstice since even before there was such a think as a Jew. Something to look up.
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