Christmas | holiday | Britannica.com

Mythical? Santa Claus is *not* real???


Nativity image

Nativity: fresco by Giotto The Nativity, fresco by Giotto, c. 1305–06, depicting the birth of Jesus; in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Italy. SuperStock

“Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the pivotal role.”

Source: Christmas | holiday | Britannica.com

‘Christmas Days’ Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food : NPR

“I mean, we think we’re cynical and we’ve seen it all, we’re living in a post-truth world and we can’t trust anyone, it’s just all spin. But our hearts aren’t that much different. We hope for love, we hope to receive love, we hope to give love. – Jeanette Winterson”

Source: ‘Christmas Days’ Is A Feast Of Stories — And Food : NPR

What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays | TIME

 Sean Gallup—Getty Images A giant, gas-lit menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree shortly after members of the local Jewish community lit the menorah on the night before the first day of Hannukah on Dec. 4, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

Sean Gallup—Getty Images. A giant, gas-lit menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree shortly after members of the local Jewish community lit the menorah on the night before the first day of Hannukah on Dec. 4, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

“The last time that this exact Christmas-Hanukkah overlap happened was in 1978, and next time it will happen will be in 2027.”

Source: What to Know About This Year’s Overlapping Christmas and Hanukkah Holidays | TIME

Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

Source: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ode-west-wind
Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822


 Egypt's Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative

Egypt’s Karnak Temple was built in alignment with the solstice, in order to focus light on a shrine to the sun god. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Creative

From astronomy to religion, the year’s shortest day brings enduring mysteries.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About the Winter Solstice

College Towns Can Be Attractive Later in Life – The New York Times

I always wished when I retired, that I would live in a college or university town — places like Chapel Hill, NC, or perhaps Charlottesville, VA — places like that. I guessed they would be in the South, where I grew up, born and bred, as we were fond of saying, back in the old days..

I would tell people, when it came up or I mentioned it, that college towns would be great for retirement.. you can go to the sports’ games in town, hang out with older friends/alumni; you can attend free lectures (open to the public); you can often see foreign or art films for free (open to the public or small fee); you can attend classes, lifelong education would keep you young in mind and spirit; and so on.. I had a whole list of benefits for living in a “college town” ..

Las Vegas has UNLV and some other colleges, too,, so I guess it has some aspects of a college town, too.. I should explore their classes, adult activities, free lectures or films or performances.. see what’s there.. it’s on the to-do list… 🙂


America never stopped saying ‘Merry Christmas’ – The Washington Post

“With a sigh of relief, we can report that Americans never stopped saying “Merry Christmas” in the first place.”


Trump promised to Make “Merry Christmas” Great Again, but Americans already used it over “Happy Holidays.”

Source: America never stopped saying ‘Merry Christmas’ – The Washington Post