Great link, Dutch, thanks! Yes, folks I like to "see in" the Solstice if I can but unfortunately this year a combination of flu and thick cloud cover over the lunar eclipse made it a non-event. I do like the "natural" events of the calendar - I despise "Christmas" - the Equinoxes and Solstices, with a sentimental soft spot for midnight New Year's Eve. Have fun, everyone, however you choose to celebrate; the Sun is reborn!!
"Here's to Artifice!" - Anton Szandor LaVey.
I have long argued Satanists and unaffiliated pagans of all stripes should celebrate the winter solstice. All of Xmas is a co-opting of Pagan traditions - the Yule log, the tree, fire and lights, gift giving.
Jesus' birthday has always been little more than a guess. The Coptic Church places it at 6 January while some Apocryphal text put it as far out as some time in April. The early Roman church simply inserted Xmas smack in the middle of Greek, Roman, and Persian holidays that celebrated the end of winter and paid homage to wine. It is time to take our holiday back.
While I love winter sports and frolicking in the snow as much as the next person, I hate the short days and my natural instinct to eat and sleep all of the time.
Happily, after today, everyday will have more sun than the day before it. As the Xtians say 'tis the reason for the season!'
I am the Devil and I am here to do the Devil's work.