The spirit of Christmas is not dead – yet nor is it living | Muriel Gray

The Victorians' finest seasonal legacy is the ghost story. This year, why not revive it and terrify the children? In Jerome K Jerome's introduction to his 1891 collection Told After Supper, he wrote: "Whenever five or six English-speaking people meet round a fire on Christmas Eve, they start telling each other ghost stories." If this is a magical season where wishes are granted, don't you long …

When is the winter solstice?

The winter solstice is usually on 21 December – but occasionally it falls on 22 December The official onset of winter and the beginning of the end for long, dark nights in the northern hemisphere is marked by the winter solstice, which is this year at 5.30am (GMT) on Thursday. The winter solstice happens because the Earth does not spin upright, but on an axis 23.5 degrees from vertical. As the …

Let there be light: Depression is variable and treatable – Marshall Independent

Let there be light: Depression is variable and treatable
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Astronomers and other "Wise Men" felt that the position of lights (stars) and the movement of lights (planets) in the sky and other changes in natural light such as the winter solstice and eclipses predicted or reflected significant events.

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What can we do now?: It’s time for a big celebration – Freeport Journal-Standard

What can we do now?: It's time for a big celebration
Freeport Journal-Standard
By Anonymous The whole world goes into a celebration mood when we enter midwinter after the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice. Midwinter celebrations existed before the birth of Jesus. In Scandinavian countries, where people living above

Gardening: Don’t neglet your garden over Christmas – Huddersfield Examiner

Gardening: Don't neglet your garden over Christmas
Huddersfield Examiner
by Our Correspondent, Huddersfield Daily Examiner FIRSTLY, can I wish all Huddersfield Examiner readers a very Happy Christmas, Winter Solstice celebration and happy, healthy New Year – you choose which ones fit you and your family. I am sure that,

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Solstice Raises Spirit Of The Season – Patch.com


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Solstice Raises Spirit Of The Season
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Locals celebrate the changing of the season with the Winter Solstice with Pagan rituals and music. By Derek Wilson Familiar-sounding carols and the enthusiastic beating of drums filled the Corte Madera Recreation Center on Thursday night during a
LES ROSAN: The hijacking of ChristmasThe Morning Sun

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Avian flu leads to rising fresh chicken prices – Xinhua


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Avian flu leads to rising fresh chicken prices
Xinhua
24 (Xinhuanet) — Fresh chicken is an important dish on the dinner table for people in Southern China during winter solstice, a traditional Chinese festival for family reunion. But this year, people in Hong Kong may find the festival spoiled as chicken
The winners and losers of Hong Kong's bird-flu scareSmartPlanet.com (blog)

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