December Nature Almanac: A great tale of grackles in Boulder County – Boulder … – Daily Camera

December Nature Almanac: A great tale of grackles in Boulder County – Boulder
Daily Camera
Winter solstice occurs Dec. 21. For information on the Boulder County Nature Association annual solstice hike to the White Rocks area, check bcna.org. A few years ago, these big birds with really big wedge-shaped tails were rare in Colorado, and

Wrestling with Chanukah: The deep, the difficult and the mystical – The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

Wrestling with Chanukah: The deep, the difficult and the mystical
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
AK: There was a pagan holiday, called Saturnalia or something, celebrating the return of the sun at end of the winter solstice. I think the rabbis were aware of this, and they wanted to make Chanukah [appear] even earlier, [to reinforce the idea that

The Slant: A Lump of Coal for the Politically Correct – Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper


Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper

The Slant: A Lump of Coal for the Politically Correct
Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper
Rather than wishing readers a “Merry Christmas,” I bid thee “a happy non religion specific celebration of the winter solstice holiday.” Seems the politically correct folks forgot that only the northern hemisphere has winter in December! Roderick Reed

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Just the latest salvo in the ‘War on Christmas’ | Other Views | NewsObserver.com – News & Observer

Just the latest salvo in the 'War on Christmas' | Other Views | NewsObserver.com
News & Observer
25 as the date of Jesus' birth (unlike material supporting the date of Easter, which has been historically more important). That date happened to coincide with other celebrations of the winter solstice and the longer days it brought. Christmas itself

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