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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby dr210077 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:57 pm

I absolutely love the imagery of Santa and pink flamingos. Are they pulling his sleigh? :lol:
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby Penthaligon » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:28 pm

I don't celebrate Christmas. I celebrate midwinter or jöl if you like. Same date thought. 24 of December. Do I remember incorrectly now or is the American Christmas on another date?
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby notma » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:36 pm

I have to tolerate eed . I do exchange gifts , pig out and take time off work at christmas as my offices are closed, but I have to admit I still love halloween, can't beat a good organise festival of arson. Sometimes I miss my old neighbourhood. Then I come to my senses.


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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:37 pm

Penthaligon wrote:I don't celebrate Christmas. I celebrate midwinter or jöl if you like. Same date thought. 24 of December. Do I remember incorrectly now or is the American Christmas on another date?

25th. And BTW, winter begins on about the 22nd, so mid-winter = approx. Feb 10, FYI.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:39 pm

notma wrote:I have to tolerate eed . I do exchange gifts , pig out and take time off work at christmas as my offices are closed, but I have to admit I still love halloween, can't beat a good organise festival of arson. Sometimes I miss my old neighbourhood. Then I come to my senses.

Looks like a good halloween cat, too, your icon.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby Penthaligon » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:41 pm

It was called midwinter before Olav the holy came along messing things up, christening Norway. Anyway I guess the climate is different here so looking at the snow it could be midwinter. Thought its probably messed up. And I wonder, has global warming changed it?
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby notma » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:46 pm

The begining of November was the pagan new year in Ireland, November , December and January being traditionally the winter months so mid december would be mid winter for us too,I think it is just different in different countries,.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby dr210077 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:46 pm

Penthaligon wrote:It was called midwinter before Olav the holy came along messing things up, christening Norway. Anyway I guess the climate is different here so looking at the snow it could be midwinter. Thought its probably messed up. And I wonder, has global warming changed it?

It has probably always been in December, but with the numerous additions to the calendar throughout the years means that the equivalent date on our calendar is February.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby HalloweenWeed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:53 pm

HalloweenWeed wrote:25th. And BTW, winter begins on about the 22nd, so mid-winter = approx. Feb 10, FYI.

I was speaking of the astrological, scientific 'winter solstace': the point at which the sun 'crosses the equator' and becomes shining southerly. Whoops, wait, no, that's the point at which the sun is farthest south; the shortest day of the year for northern hemisphere, and the sun begins it's trek northward again.
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Re: Atheists: Do you celebrate Christmas? Or Chanukah?

Unread postby dr210077 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:57 pm

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HalloweenWeed wrote:25th. And BTW, winter begins on about the 22nd, so mid-winter = approx. Feb 10, FYI.

I was speaking of the astrological, scientific 'winter solstace': the point at which the sun 'crosses the equator' and becomes shining southerly.

That's what I mean, that point is fairly fixed, but because there have been additions to the calender the month would change. So in a ten month calender it would be December, but in a twelve month calender it would be February
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