All Blog Posts Tagged 'solstice' (6)

Reason Day

“Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.”

Emile Zola



On the summer solstice, there is more light than on any other day of the year.  Light is a metaphor for knowledge, so let us set aside at least one day a year to intentionally do one thing to advance the light of reason.  Read a book, join a secular group, write a letter to the editor, give a talk, have a thoughtful discussion,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 21, 2012 at 7:48pm — 10 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 284: Vomit Collector's Christmas





Welcome to your Atheist Christmas Podcast for the Year of Our Overlords, 2010. This year, I'm looking back at Christmas past. "Your past" you ask? No, long past. Looooong past. Go back, back, back before that cloudy April when some guy who may have been named Jesus but decidedly didn't perform any miracles and wasn't born of a virgin and may or may not have been a prophet or a rabbi, and may or may not… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on November 28, 2010 at 7:52am — No Comments

Merry Mythmas

Before christianity, this time of year celebrated the "births" of many other religous icons like Mithra, Horus, Thor, Dionysus, Helios, ect. This is so prevalent because these few days are when the days become noticeably longer, which many cultures associate with birth.



Even if Jesus ever existed, no one knows his true date of birth. However we do know he wasnt the only one people believed to be born of a virgin. Others include Krishna, Bacchus, Yu, Hercules, and Zunis, who was… Continue

Added by Matt W on December 23, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Introducing the Yuletide Foundation

Please have a look at Yuletide Foundation; Toward a Civic (& Secular) Observance of Winter Solstice: http://tinyurl.com/jultid



This is a proposal for a secular celebration of Winter Solstice meant to be used across society, but especially in the public forum; say goodbye to the preference of Christianity but also to the antiseptic use terms like "Holiday Tree" (which one?). Designed for English-speaking societies, but the idea can easily be… Continue

Added by Darwin Penda on December 26, 2008 at 11:59pm — 3 Comments

Winter Solstice & the "War on Christmas"

Originally posted on my personal blag, re-posted here.


We are all very excited about the upcoming holidays. Our presents are packed (and most of them shipped / delivered), the tree and lights are up and decorated, we've made cookies, and we've dove headfirst into the Winter Season media: The Grinch, Bing Crosby, Ultra Lounge, Muppet Christmas, etc.



The thing is, although all of this looks like the holiday we commonly… Continue

Added by Aaron on December 19, 2008 at 8:27pm — 7 Comments

Howl at the moon

Are you tired of Christmas, the winter celebration hijacked by the cult of the zombie Jezuz? Of course you are but the real reason for the season, the winter solstice, occurs on Sunday, Dec 21 at 12:04 UTC (7:04am ET).



If you're looking for an alternate way to celebrate the "rebirth of the sun", here (from wikipedia) is a sampling of other winter customs.



Mummer's Day (Celtic, Cornish), or… Continue

Added by Father Nature on December 19, 2008 at 5:44pm — 1 Comment

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