You're right. Winter solstice celebrates the rebirth of the sun (and the related deity) and the returning of life to the world. ...so the Christians moved their holiday on top of it to convert more people. *nod* Historians believe Jesus was actually born in October.
Jesus as a Libran ... that would make sense :D
I saw a commercial for that show, The Greatest Canadian is it called? Anywho, the only names I remembered being on there were Terry Fox and David Suzuki.^^; I like to give [ and receive, shh^^; ] during Christmas too, I just wish I had more money to give things to more people. :\ It's that time of year when though I may be happy, I kinda feel bad too, because I can't get something for everyone that I want to. ._.
I am not a very religious person either, yet I find myself agreeing with Leigh on this one.
i know how you feel about the whole xmas thing. not only does everyone get in this "buy" mode but society changes as a whole. people become frantic to get that perfect gift and sometimes get very unpretty about it. thats why for the past couple of years i've been trying to make most of my gifts. i still buy some things but i try to make at least one thing for everyone in my family. oh when i do buy an item i'm trying to do it online this year...the malls are very scary.
oh yeah...forgot the greatest canadian thing was on...never watch tv so found out only by chance a while back *may or may not vote*
...god, i hope it isn't don cherry either...the fact that he's even in the running...he's not a great canadian, just a canadian icon-a tv personality X|
and yeah yule=xmas, ostara=easter, samhain=halloween...and the other 4 that fall on the turn of the season or the midpoint (but i don't know what christian holidays they're equivalent to)
random fact-christams was outlawed on my birthday in 1659 in massachussets for being too pagan (which amuses me cause then i can say xmas was cancelled on my birthday XD), same with england during cromwell's reign for a while
Imbolc = Candlemas/the day all the church candles are blessed ...it's a fertility thing for pagans. More akin to Valentine's. Occurs on Groundhogs day. You figure that one out.
Ostara = Some similarities with easter, celebrates life and spring. Nothing to do with rebirth/resurrection. The focus is on the god/year as a child.
Beltane = May Day/no longer practiced, but used to be large festivals held which included dancing around the may pole, and selecting a king and queen of may. It was the first day of planting, if I recall correctly.
Litha = Midsummer, used to be festivals in midieval times but the practice has died.
Lughnasadh = No modern equivalent, was a harvest festival in August
Mabon = Completion of harvest, again there's no modern equivalent.
Samhain = Turned into Hallowe'en, originally was new year and sort of easterish holiday (death of the god/year)
Yule = Christmas (birth of the god/year)
...not that I'm wiccan or anything. >.> *cough*
Dominatrix Tetsu! O.O
And screams of ecstacy were heard from haitsu fans across the globe. >D
There's something wrong about looking at that last picture while singing along to Tetsu69 - Wonderful World XD
My favourite part of Christmas is the food and the presents. That's all Christmas means to me. *doesn't like religious holidays*
oh my god, the last pix is just soooo amusing. i've seen hyde in this make-up but tetsu...*still laughing*
for a sec i thoguht tetsu was kaoru.
and WOW.. ages ago that ken was.. well.. clean shaven and had hsort hahir. :3
It's a shame that all those occasions are just another excuse for firms and stuff to sell even more. It's all about the money nowadays... sadly. I don't like Christmas and Valentine's Day as well as other stuff for this reason.
I like making presents though... . ^_~