Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Vexen Crabtree 2015

December the 25th

So... anyone else not celebrating this, the most convuluted, commercial and multiple-destroyed day of festivity?

I might even fast on the 25th!

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Oh, I kinda like the way it's almost
returned to the old pre-Christian
mid-winter festival... =^.^=

Feast of Sol Invinctus, anyone?

Aye, it's pretty well in that territory.. Apart from things like those bloody manger settings with the plastic sheep, the Feast Of Midwinter is once again a secular, cross-religion Festival Of Nothing In Particular.

Personally, I ignore both the religious and obnoxiously commercial bits and just dig the fairy lights and the tree. And presents, when I get them. And giving presents, when the recipients enjoy them. And the way the churchyards look with half a dozen candles on every single grave. And the huge arrays of lightbulbs strung out over the center of town. And the ham. Mmm, ham. It's pretty much all good, here. An excuse for finally cleaning house properly, putting up decorations, and enjoying quality time with loved ones is always welcome.

Turkey, on the other hand, is just plain awful. And that pudding/doorstop thing. And all that hideous crap. Good time to fast if you're in England, really. Smart move, Vexen. ;)

I don't think many people celebrate Xmas these days. I mean, yeah, I'll be nipping home to see the folks, eating genuinely cooked food (as opposed to reheated), sending out my handdrawn cards and exchanging gifts - but does any of that have anything to do with...well, anything? I'm predisposed to thinking of midwinter as Xmas, of course - it's hard not to be growing up in this country. However, I can happily say that I've never been motivated by religion towards having a good time when work give me three free days off close together.

Midwinter does seem like a good time to get together with people you want to kick back and natter with though. The nights are at their longest, the weather's cold and usually wet and the TV's worse than usual - perfect conditions for sitting around talking. There's no need to be completely contrary and push against the Xmas traditions - if anything that's 'celebrating' it more than most people do! Better just to do whatever seems to be a good idea at the time than strictly abjure.

So happy Xmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, midwinter or just plain Tuesday. Enjoy yourself. Isn't that a good idea any day of the year?

"So happy Xmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, midwinter or just plain Tuesday. Enjoy yourself. Isn't that a good idea any day of the year?"

This is the spirit I like!

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Where are you for Christmas? I'll be in The House Formerly Known As Mauhaus as normal, you can come round and watch a video at some point!

oops I broke it straight away...

If you go back and re-submit the same answers, you get a different answer.... the thing is purely on random!

How very Squirrel... *looks amused*

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