Here's the question: Should I  (we) be celebrating the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), or even the Summer Solstice (June 21)?

I know we recognize the date--barely. But what should we do with the fact?

It's rather contradictory to say it's "the first day of winter", season-wise, yet "celebrate" the fact the daylight hours will begin lengthening. The former sounds bleak, the latter, optimistic. I'm going with the bright side.

We all know how much ancient civilizations worshiped the sun and recognized the significance of the solstices. They based much of their religions around these times. And we know why our current religions coincide in time with the Winter Solstice.

Nontheists, like myself, are encouraged to recognize, if not "celebrate", the W.S. I reckon it's meant to be an alternative--actually, a back-handed slap--to and at Christmas. We say, "I don't celebrate Christmas, but the W.S. instead." But back to my point; how (or should) do we celebrate this so-called significant day/event? Parties? Gifts? Day off from work? Fireworks?

For me, it looks like nothing out of the ordinary. Big disappointing whoop. I guess it's hard to look forward to the next 3 months of Indiana weather. As I write this, we have 3" of blowing snow and very cold temps. Yep, Merry Solstice to one and all!

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Comment by Tricky-D Frontenac on December 21, 2012 at 4:43pm

I think that its a personal perogative. I don't think that as atheists we should be forced into celebrating anything (otherwise how are we better than any of the theists who say you need "Christ" for it to be "Christmas"?).

I say celebrate if you feel like it (my girlfriend and I have little solstice shindigs with our atheist friends and have a blast!), and if you don't want to thats cool too!



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