Thursday, December 20, 2012

Celebrating Winter Solstice

The end of the world has been predicted so many times in the past. In fact there were a couple of those predictions earlier this year. Tomorrow is another of those. Really have to wonder why people want to believe those predictions.

Sorry to disappoint, the world will not end on December 21st, 2012. No doubt there will be many people who have put off their Christmas guilt shopping because the world was going to end. They certainly will be surprised to discover the malls are open waiting for their business on Saturday morning. They will be out there trying to find a parking place with all those who believed the prediction. (Note to self: Avoid malls on Saturday. Go for a hike instead.)

What will happen is what happens every 365 days plus/minus. The earth's orbital tilt will start heading in the other direction which means there will now be longer day light hours for earth's northern hemisphere.

My celebration plans are incomplete at this time, but I'm planning a big salad for lunch and hamburger verde for a dinner. Before dinner I will have a Brandy Manhattan to celebrate the occasion of the shortest day of the year. Dessert? How about home made pumpkin yogurt.

Whatever happens, it will be a great day.

3000 years ago the holiday season celebrated the end of short days and a promise of longer days ahead. That holiday has evolved into the guilt gift shopping frenzy that happens in the Decembers of the 21st century. It's a comfort to realize we've come a long way from those pagan celebrations.


  1. Bobbie greeted me with "Happy Solstice" this morning. I'm usually grumpy until after I've had my coffee, but not today. That put a smile on my face. I can handle cold, and I can handle darkness, but I can't handle both at the same time.
    Box Canyon Mark

  2. :...Really have to wonder why people want to believe those predictions..."

    They believe them because they are insecure and have little self confidence. Just think how many folks watch Fox Snooze and actually believe what they see/hear.

    Chris H

  3. Happy Winter Solstice to you, too. I love what Chris said in the above comment.

  4. LOL. We're staying away from malls this weekend too. We ARE going to see a movie at the one theater that is not near a mall...going to go see Lincoln...hope it's good because it sure is long...Enjoy your pumpkin dessert and your hike!


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