Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Merry

Whichever Holiday or Holidays you celebrate, here are some origins of traditions of the season to remember:

In ancient Rome and earlier, the bringing of forest greenery indoors (holly, ivy etc) during the winter solstice - the darkest time of the year - symbolized the power of the sun and eternal life - "evergreen."

The burning of the Yule log in ancient Celtic and Germanic tradition has a similar meaning - a celebration of the power and life-giving warmth of the sun.

Mistletoe originally symbolzed a truce or peace, and later came to signify a blessing or good luck for couples who kissed underneath it. Here's to lots of xoxox's this season!

And some more contemporary contemplations....

"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together." - Garrison Keillor

"What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic." - Anonymous

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." - Larry Wilde

"As soon as you stop wanting something you get it." - Andy Warhol

"And he puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more." - Dr. Suess

Merry merry everyone...