posted on Dec, 22 2011 @ 08:12 AM
Paulinus of Noha way back in the day explained the nature of Christmas and the Soltice as well as anyone ever has...
Paulinus of Noha
So the day which bestowed so great a gift by setting Felix in the heights of heaven is the day of our yearly ritual. It comes after the
solstice, the time when Christ was born in the flesh and transformed the cold winter season with a new sun, when He granted men His birth that brings
salvation, and ordered the nights to shorten and the daylight to grow with Himself. The twentieth day that dawns on us after the solstice marks the
heavenly glory which Felix merited.
As did T.S. Elliot a few years later in a poem called Choruses from the Rock.
O Light Invisible, we praise Thee!
Too bright for mortal vision.
O Greater Light, we praise Thee for the less;
The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moon light and star light, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light Invisible, we worship Thee!
We thank Thee for the light that we have kindled,
The light of altar and of sanctuary;
Small lights of those who meditate at midnight
And lights directed through the coloured panes of windows
And light reflected from the polished stone,
The gilded carven wood, the coloured fresco.
Our gaze is submarine, our eyes look upward
And see the light that fractures through unquiet water.
We see the light but see not whence it comes.
O Light Invisible, we glorify Thee!
In these two poems it would seem that the truth is revealed to us. On the date of Christmas, and on the Soltice, we are celebrating the same thing.
The turning of the dark to the light. Winter turning towards Spring, and the rebirth that follows.
Every culture on Earth celebrates this, in one form or another, day. Regardless of your belief system, I wish you all a very happy, and healthy
holiday season. One needn't be Christian, or Pagan, to celebrate the profound meaning to be found in celebrating these days.
A gentle song called Silent Night to help usher in the season of rebirth.
A peaceful and joyous Noel to you all.