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The winter solstice, which marks the beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, comes tonight at 12:30 a.m. EST.

The Earth, turning on its axis as it circles the sun, is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees relative to its orbit.

Tonight is the night that the axis, as seen from the north, points as directly away from the sun as it will all year. So Chicago, for instance, will get just 9.1 hours of daylight tomorrow, Atlanta and Los Angeles will get 9.9 hours (closer to the equator) and everything north of the Arctic Circle will experience 24 hours of darkness.

As “armistice” is defined as a staying of the action of arms, “solstice” is a staying of the sun’s apparent motion over the latitudes of the Earth. At the summer solstice, the sun stops its northward motion and begins heading south. At the winter solstice, it turns north.

Ancient skywatchers had no understanding of this movement of the sun. They thought this celestial machinery might break down someday, and the sun would continue southward, never to return. As such, the lowering of the sun was cause for fear and wonder.

When the ancients saw the sun stop and slowly climb to a higher midday location, people rejoiced; here was a promise that spring would return. Most cultures had winter solstice celebrations and some “adapted” it to other events.

In Persia, the solstice marked the birthday of Mithra, the Sun King. In ancient times, Dec. 25 was the date of the lavish Roman festival of Saturnalia, a sort of bacchanalian thanksgiving. Saturnalia was celebrated around the time of the winter solstice. And in 275 A.D., the Roman Emperor, Aurelian, commemorated a feast day coinciding with the winter solstice: Die Natalis Invicti Solis (“The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun”).

So…

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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For me, the holiday season is a special time with my family. With the cold and the shorter days, the evenings which we spend watching movies, drinking hot cocoa, and laughing brings warmth and light to an otherwise depressing season.

My family isn’t “traditional”. I’m divorced. And my two kiddos have two different biological dads, neither of which is my current husband.

My son’s father passed away a few years ago. But we ensure Gavyn continues to build a close relationship with his bio dad’s family. My ex-husband, David, is the bio dad of my beautiful daughter and the dad that has raised my son since he was 2. My ex-husband and I have always maintained a working parental relationship. We have ALWAYS understood that they are more important than anything else and we have made it work in a remarkable fashion. My ex-husband and current husband get along very well. We are even over to my ex-husband’s parents house for all of the holidays. Every other Christmas, we switch which house we all stay for Christmas Eve/Morning. Yes… David will spend the night at my house and Brian and I at his… because we all want to be there for our annual Christmas traditions, to see the kids faces on Christmas morning… because each moment is so special and we all understand how important it is to be there for it all.

It may seem odd to some. But we don’t care. Showing our kids that we love them so much that we worked through everything personal to get to a level where we can appreciate the other for their parental abilities and acknowledge that, although we aren’t married, we are still a whole family, is better than most of the stories I hear about divorced couples.

Yet, in our way, we are a family. A whole family. Not a broken one. Our kids have 2 homes, yes. But with parents who communicate, laugh, work together, and get along, having two homes just means having more stuff 🙂

I wish everyone could have family and marriage equality. I’ve asked Santa and I hope he brings it this year. I could never fathom why a 2000 year old book had such grand authority on the concept of modern marriage or why “all loving” actually comes with a lot of “exceptions” attached. Lastly, I grew up in a “traditional family” and it was not what I would call particularly loving. Love has nothing to do with the bible, religion, or antiquated traditions.

Have a heart bigger than god and realize love comes in many forms – not just your brand.

Happy Holidays To Family Love!

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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I am often saddened, yet  not surprised, by the lack of good spirits during this season. Yes, I’m atheist but I still love December and the holiday and festivities. For years I was unable to purchase much for my kids and family, but I have worked my tail off and finally, this year, I am able to give more than normal – and it makes me so delightfully happy. But there are moments when my happiness is marred by the stinky attitude I have to come into contact with during this month.

Last week, I took my kids shopping – at a mall – I never go to malls – not a fan. But, they saved their own money (they work once a month at gymnastics meets) and they had lists and a budget set for shopping this year.

#ProudMama

We had a great time! We stopped for a quick bite at the food court’s Subway. It was wretched. My 10 yo daughter even mentioned that the girl must hate her job. The only thing she said to us was, “What you want?” and, “What you want on it?” It was just…. not nice.

Oh well. We all have bad days.

What saddens me the most is the people who claim to be forgiving, non-judgmental, and loving… and proving the opposite.

For instance:

Ah, yes… this is called being non-judgmental.

 

Who says Christian don’t fight in the name of their god?

 

Personal fave – I’m a good Christian and I forgive you, but I will make you hurt.

Merry Hypocrisy To All!

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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My family and I have put together our lists of our favorite things about Christmas.

Here is Isabella’s TOP 10:

1. Presents

2. Christmas Casserole

3. Buying gifts for family

4. Christmas eve pajamas

5. Excitement when first see all the presents under tree on Christmas morning

6. Making Christmas List

7. Santa

8. Making cookies for Santa

9. Watching my Dad eat the whole casserole

10. Getting candy in my stocking

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Although it may seem odd to some, my ex-husband and I get along really well. Even my current hubs and him get along well! I often think we are all so lucky to be in a sucky situation that we have made work because we all understand how important it is for the kids. So, when I was asking for my family’s favorite lists, David was included…  because he is my kids’ dad and he is a damn good one.

My family and I have put together our lists of our favorite things about Christmas.

Here is David’s TOP 10:

1. Reading The Night Before Christmas to the kids every Christmas Eve just as they get into bed.

2. Waking up Christmas morning knowing I’m going to see the excitement of my kiddos.

3. My mom’s Christmas breakfast casserole – every year, once a year.

4. Going to Jefferson Barracks cemetery to visit my grandparents every Christmas day.

5. The attitude of people is different – everyone is in a cheery, great mood on Christmas day.

6. Christmas music

7. Christmas movies

8. Christmas smells… fireplace burning, christmas tree, cookies!

9. Giving gifts.

10. Opening my stocking at my parents house, my mom is great at stuffing them for everyone!

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Christopher Hitchens, you will be missed.

After a long battle with esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens, one of the Four Horseman, died last night at the age of 62.

His work and influence will live on through those of us courageous enough to speak openly about the detrimental effect religion has had on the world since it’s invention. Hitchens was honest, brutally honest. He didn’t even like Christmas… or any religious celebration. And although I celebrate Christmas, albeit totally void of any Jebus stuff, this doesn’t sway my awe and respect for the man.

He was brilliant. And intelligent. And challenging.

Great minds challenge, small minds follow blindly. He, most certainly, was the former.

My friend, Troy, would like to designate December 15 as Hitchmas from now on…

Read his final Vanity Fair piece.

 

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Funny stuff 🙂 Love Seinfeld.

*** Note: I still love Christmas! ***

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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