A true Renaissance Man, Michelangelo was born Caprese this day, 1475 http://search.credoreference.com/content/topic/buonarroti_michelangelo_1475_1564
Mythical? Santa Claus is *not* real???
“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.”
The Census Bureau presents holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics.
Source: FFF: The 2016 Holiday Season
Editor’s note: If you follow the link, the stories are all open-access from JSTOR, and there for your pleasure and reading.. Happy Holidays!
“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”
“The last time that this exact Christmas-Hanukkah overlap happened was in 1978, and next time it will happen will be in 2027.”
“The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822
From astronomy to religion, the year’s shortest day brings enduring mysteries.
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… 🙂
“With a sigh of relief, we can report that Americans never stopped saying “Merry Christmas” in the first place.”