I hope each and every one of you who reads this has had or is having or will have the most wonderful year-end holiday season this year.
Regardless of religious beliefs, traditions, or cultures, human beings have celebrated this time of year in some form or the other since about the time we discovered how to make fire. (The exact date is unknown.) While today the holidays revolve around Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year, it is not a coincidence that these modern holidays all fall in the same time frame as the winter solstice. Our ancestors knew when the solstice came long before there were Moses, Jesus, or the Gregorian calendar. It’s easy to forget in sunny Southern California (not so easy in Toronto and northern New England), but this is the beginning of winter. The days will now start to get longer for the next six months, but the coldest, snowiest, iciest parts of winter are yet to come.
Yet our ancestors long, long ago learned to celebrate this time of year, if for no other reason than the lengthening days. They had frozen hell to endure to get there, but this was the time of year when we knew again that spring would be coming.
So if you celebrated with church, too much food, kids waking you up way too early because Santa Claus was there, or a ten-hour “Game Of Thrones – Season Two” binge (“You know nothing, Jon Snow!), I hope you had a great day today and continue to do so through the rest of the holidays and beyond.