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Winter Solstice: A Universal Celebration for Everyone
Many holidays are celebrated at this time of year—each culture, it seems has it’s own traditional celebrations.
But there is one day that I believe can be celebrated by everyone, regardless of religion, race, creed, ancestry, sexual preference, or any other difference we may have.
And that is Winter Solstice.
The reason I consider a Winter Solstice celebration to be universal is that it’s not based on human culture, but is rather based on Life itself. Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It’s like a day out of time, being both and ending of the old solar year and the beginning of the new solar year at the same moment. And then the following morning, when the sun rises, a new cycle of life starts as days begin to get longer again as the sun pulls life up again from the sleeping earth.
Without the sun, there would be no life on earth. Food would not grow, water would be frozen, and air would be so cold it would not support life. Everything that happens on Earth depends on the sun.
Because of this, since ancient times virtually all cultures had some sort of celebration to keep the light going during the dark days of winter and celebrate the return of the longer days of sunshine knowing that life would awaken again and provide for them for another year.
Celebrating the sun and the life it provides to every human being is something we all have in common and is vital to each and every one of us. It’s something we can each appreciate in common with each other.
Larry and I wish you all the best on this solstice day and in the coming year.