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Dec 14, 2012 Full story: tucsoncitizen.com 23

For the most part, we celebrate Christmas. We decorate our houses; invite friends and family over, exchange gifts, and some travel to family gatherings. Celebrations this time of year can transcend the religious beliefs if we let them. Before Christianity claimed the season as its own, people worked hard at celebrating the season and there are a lot of reasons they did.

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“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1 Dec 14, 2012
Have a Wonderful Winter Solstice everyone!

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#2 Dec 15, 2012
Thanks to my brilliant coeditor for posting this. I've always loved Christmas celebrations, and atheism has dimmed my enthusiasm not a wit. Even when I was a believer, the secular aspects of the festivities were more important than the religious ones. It was a time to celebrate family and friends, prosperity and leisure.

And music. One of my best memories is of the year that I helped my brother move to a town just outside of Quebec to live with his wife's family. My van broke down, so I wound up staying there over the holidays. The excitement and confusion included midnight mass at their church in Quebec with some of the loveliest music that I've ever heard, all in Latin, which I understood better than Canadian French. Afterwards, the extended family partied until dawn.

I still let iTunes play my sizable collection of Christmas music constantly during the days leading up to Christmas. Probably always will.
lazy atheist

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Dec 15, 2012
I wonder what the holiday season is like in the southern hemisphere. The solstice occurs and places south of the equator move into summer. Christmas without snow? Happens often enough in Ohio that it's not a big deal. But christmas without cold? Hmmmm... Aussies boast of being on the beach with a tub of Fosters and shrimp on the barbie. It boggles the mind.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#4 Dec 15, 2012
And then there are the equatorial regions that know no winter at all, only rainy seasons. Can't help but wonder what it would be like to live on the edge of an equatorial rain forest.

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#5 Dec 15, 2012
lazy atheist wrote:
I wonder what the holiday season is like in the southern hemisphere. The solstice occurs and places south of the equator move into summer. Christmas without snow? Happens often enough in Ohio that it's not a big deal. But christmas without cold? Hmmmm... Aussies boast of being on the beach with a tub of Fosters and shrimp on the barbie. It boggles the mind.
Where I am it is not uncommon for it to hit 40-45 centigrade.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#6 Dec 15, 2012
Richardfs wrote:
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Where I am it is not uncommon for it to hit 40-45 centigrade.
Wow! It almost never get's that hot here in East Tennessee. At the height of summer, the daytime highs are typically in the mid 90's F with very rare breakouts over the 100 mark. More like 35-40 C.
lazy atheist

Reynoldsburg, OH

#7 Dec 15, 2012
Then you have the whole water going down the loo in the opposite direction thing and Orion standing on his head.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#8 Dec 15, 2012
lazy atheist wrote:
Then you have the whole water going down the loo in the opposite direction thing and Orion standing on his head.
Sorry, that urban myth. Water rotation in home bathrooms under normal circumstances is not related to the Coriolis effect, so the rotation is the same in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The formation of a vortex over the hole may be explained by the conservation of angular momentum and the shape of the drain itself.

Weather pressure systems on the other hand are influenced by Coriolis effects.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#9 Dec 16, 2012
Merry Xmas, Christmas, Channaku!

Sorry, I can't spell your holiday right Jewish people, it was not on purpose.
KittenKoder

Brisbane, Australia

#10 Dec 17, 2012
Richardfs wrote:
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Where I am it is not uncommon for it to hit 40-45 centigrade.
The friction in your bumhole by being a bottom for lebs is your business and yours alone.
Coalburning skippy bitch

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#11 Dec 19, 2012
I celebrate Christmas.

Since: Mar 11

United States

#12 Dec 19, 2012
I love this time of year as well. Those good ole pagans knew how to throw a celebration!:)
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#13 Dec 20, 2012
Happy Christmas/Winter Solstice!
http://www.jesusandmo.net/2012/12/19/tweet/

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#14 Dec 20, 2012
KittenKoder wrote:
Merry Xmas, Christmas, Channaku!
Sorry, I can't spell your holiday right Jewish people, it was not on purpose.
" http://bit.ly/tXwk5C" ;

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#15 Dec 20, 2012
The great Rabbi Hillel was once asked whether one could explain the meaning of the Torah while standing on one leg. He replied that one could and then stated what I think was the first version of the Golden Rule, adding, "The rest is commentary." I think that the core value of liberal democracy can also be stated while standing on one leg. It is a sentence at the beginning of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany: "Human dignity shall be inviolable." The rest is commentary.- Peter Berger

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#16 Dec 20, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
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" http://bit.ly/tXwk5C" ;
Doesn't work, because no matter how I try to spell it, there's some other word with that spelling.
Thinking

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#17 Dec 21, 2012
I was in Argentina one December. 85F+, surrounded by christmas decorations and trees, sat outside drinking next to the widest boulevard in the world. Sweltering. I guess it's only surreal if you grow up in the Northern hemisphere but it still felt very odd to me.
lazy atheist wrote:
I wonder what the holiday season is like in the southern hemisphere. The solstice occurs and places south of the equator move into summer. Christmas without snow? Happens often enough in Ohio that it's not a big deal. But christmas without cold? Hmmmm... Aussies boast of being on the beach with a tub of Fosters and shrimp on the barbie. It boggles the mind.

Since: Dec 11

Perth, Western Australia

#18 Dec 23, 2012
lazy atheist wrote:
I wonder what the holiday season is like in the southern hemisphere. The solstice occurs and places south of the equator move into summer. Christmas without snow? Happens often enough in Ohio that it's not a big deal. But christmas without cold? Hmmmm... Aussies boast of being on the beach with a tub of Fosters and shrimp on the barbie. It boggles the mind.
Don't be spreading your Asouthernhemispherist hate on this site! ;)

Serously though I wouldn't mind it being a little cooler here over the next few days we've got a forecast of 39-40C (102-104F). Really too hot to be doing much of anything beides floating in the pool.

Still guess I can't complain, at least it's not snowing. ;)
Merry Everything everyone.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#19 Dec 24, 2012
Thinking wrote:
I was in Argentina one December. 85F+, surrounded by christmas decorations and trees, sat outside drinking next to the widest boulevard in the world. Sweltering. I guess it's only surreal if you grow up in the Northern hemisphere but it still felt very odd to me.
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I can't stand snow. I grew up in western Washington, in other words 90% of my childhood was here. But I still can't stand cold weather. When I was down in Tucson for a couple years, I loved it .... but all holidays feel like just another day to me, and they always have.
crap speak

Dasmariņas, Philippines

#20 Dec 24, 2012
Just following my pagan idols . Not a worry in the world , compared to say the billion muslim hatred religion . 2013 will be no different for them , and Ally wont do anything about it .
Pagan idolatry is about being happy and making it what you want.
Nothing wrong with the south or north hemisphere for us pagans.

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