Terra: Christmas, The Winter Holidays

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas is officially December 25th. Officially. The reality is that Christmas starts November 2, and lasts until around January 6th. Between then and January 1st, there is an endless tidal wave of holiday music done by anyone who even has one hit, and endless religious stuff too. Sometimes it’s enough to make one go “bah humbug”, and join Scrooge in the corner there. But then a favorite song comes on, one that reminds you of that elementary school party when holidays were simple: cupcakes, cards, and a song or two.

But the tidal wave can be quite healing in the proper doses. Sit down for your choice of holiday music played by people who really love music.

Religious

Pop

Endless Holiday Stream

Advent

Twelve Days of Christmas

24/7 Holiday Radio

Winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)/Southern Hemisphere

The shortest days and longest nights of the year, when the sun hangs low, and the shadows even lower.

Winter Solstice Video

Thanksgiving (United States)

We gather together….to give thanks for our blessings. As for me, I prefer to count the beginning of this to the Lincoln Proclamation, where a war-weary world stopped to give thanks and feast a little among themselves. Holidays can morph into something wonderful if we let them.

Hanukkah. For Hanukkah, there is a different thanksgiving. It’s thanks for freedom from oppression, for the lights coming back on and a new start. For eight nights, the lights stayed lit, illuminating the still messed up temple.

New Years Eve (Turn over a new leaf, or just a new bedspread?) Whether its champagne or chenille, there’s a moment of hope and celebration of that hope tonight. Maybe it will be better-or worse-but at least it will be different

While Yule is considered almost analogous to Christmas, Yule these days is quite a separate holiday. For one thing, its observed on December 20-22, depending on the time of the Winter Solstice. Yuletime Carols?

About Christmas in July. Now after the aforementioned tidal wave in November, why do it again in July? First of all, the Southern Hemisphere is summery during December. If you want to have an old-fashioned Christmas there, it has to be in July. Next, in other places, July is a holiday lull, hot and sometimes slow. A holiday that reminds hot people that cold is coming is most welcome. Plus, the pressure for presents is off with Christmas in July. Nobody asks, or expects any. Its enough to have chilled egg nog, listen to a few carols, and relax by the cold hearth.

Christmas in July Movie