Wednesday, December 24, 2003

So This Is ...

After a quick Google for "Saturnalia", I've decided that there might be something to be said for a more traditional approach to celebrating Christmas or, more precisely, the northern hemisphere winter solstice.

It is now the month of December, when the greatest part of the city is in a bustle. Loose reins are given to public dissipation; everywhere you may hear the sound of great preparations, as if there were some real difference between the days devoted to Saturn and those for transacting business....Were you here, I would willingly confer with you as to the plan of our conduct; whether we should eve in our usual way, or, to avoid singularity, both take a better supper and throw off the toga.

Seneca the Younger (allegedly).

I'm not so sure that I'd want to go as far as restoring the ancient druidic or celtic yule traditions though. Sacrificing young virgins on altars of stone sends entirley the wrong message about sexual morality. On second thoughts, maybe it's the right message.

Enjoy. I'll see you sometime after the traditional family visit to the vet to have the turkey bone splinter removed from the dog's oesophagus.

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