This guy appeared at my bird feeder on Christmas Eve morning, it was a wonderful gift from Nature. Isn't he magnificent?
The Christmas Season is interesting. Looking around me daily, I see few people who keep the Christian interpretation of the season. Most indulge in the commercial side. I find it interesting that it has become so. And they say Phil Robertson is a bad person.
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And I love giving and getting presents. The practice of gift exchange comes from the Romans. They celebrated the Saturnalia, the Festival dedicated to the God of Agriculture. And for the week after the Solstice they celebrated the Juvenalia, children. Without children, who would care for you in your old years, if you made it that long. During the long cold winter, the solstice brought the rebirth of the sun. The Winter Solstice is around Dec 21st each year. That is the longest day of the year and then the sun begins to rise a few minutes earlier each day. It was the darkest of winter, the food had to stretch until spring harvest. So the god Mithra was born. Each year was entreated to bring back the sun and their ability to cultivate food. Gifts were fruit and grains. Very practical, not like my Avante, but I like my Avante much better than oranges!
So Happy Dies Natalis Solis Invicti!