Not a whole lot to say about the shortest day of the year. And a wide variety of cultures have their own versions.
The winter solstice is just one of the four cornerstones of the “wheel of life”. And this celebration has been going on for centuries. It has also evolved over this time.
The solstice itself may have been a special moment of the annual cycle of the year even during neolithic times. Astronomical events, which during ancient times controlled the mating of animals, sowing of crops and metering of winter reserves between harvests, show how various cultural mythologies and traditions have arisen. This is attested by physical remains in the layouts of late Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites, such as Stonehenge in England and Newgrange in Ireland. The primary axes of both of these monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line pointing to the winter solstice sunrise (Newgrange) and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge). Significant in respect of Stonehenge is the fact that the Great Trilithon was erected outwards from the centre of the monument, i.e., its smooth flat face was turned towards the midwinter Sun.
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With that said it is obvious that the primary elements of the celebration of today are remnants of these ancient traditions. It makes me feel that this time of the year has some basic things for the rest of us that aren’t necessarily religious. If you are religious then good for you.
So the Winter Solstice can’t be maligned for it’s religious implications despite it’s alignments with some modern celebrations. So take heart in the knowledge that all these goofies are really participating in an an ancient pagan party despite what they claim.