As the sun sets on the shortest day of the year there’s a palpable feeling that the significance of this day doesn’t get its due, even in secular Western culture. The day goes by with barely a notice, while everyone remains focused on December 25.
But who among the non-religious will deny that the end of the shortest days and the longest nights and the return of the light the Winter Solstice brings are the true reasons for the season we celebrate this time of the year?
Bringing meaning to this time of year for the non-religious is what Wintermas is all about, but we clearly have a long way to go to get back to what the ancients understood about these days and their significance to our lives.
The “fall back” change of daylight savings has made the world seem a little darker and the warm glow of Thanksgiving has come and gone.
It seems the world could use a little more light, in more ways than one. All the more reason to start to get excited about the advent of longer days at the Winter Solstice and of Wintermas celebrations of the season.
Merry Wintermas 2016 to all! It’s December 25th. The Winter Solstice has passed, and the days are getting slightly but noticeably longer. In the era before Christmas, late December was the time of Saturnalia, a festival devoted to the Roman God of wealth, agriculture and time. It was, and still is, a time of gift-giving and good will toward men and women.
It more recent years it has also become a time appreciating children and family, and listening to beautiful music. There is no reason the non-religious should not enjoy these celebrations as much as any believer. But the undertaking of creating meaning for non-theists at this time of year remains a work in progress.
Fortunately, Wintermas is up to the task. Our short Wintermas eBook is a start, but there is much, much more to come. That is our mission! So Happy Holidays to all and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to our religious friends. And to all a good night!
Happy Winter Solstice, Northern Hemisphere! It’s December 21st in North America, the Winter Solstice. It’s also the first of the 12-day celebrations of pagan Yule and secular Wintermas.
In both the pagan Yule and secular solstice traditions, this day is significant because it’s shortest day followed by the longest night of the year. Tomorrow the sun will begin it’s long slow march to longer, warmer days. It’s a time to celebrate with festivities, lights and fires that remind us of the sun and it’s life-sustaining warmth.
So, Happy Winter Solstice, Yule and Wintermas to believers and nonbelievers alike. Wishing you the best of the long night and of the warmer days to come!
To learn more about Wintermas, please consider our new Wintermas eBook for Kindle and Kindle readers on most devices.
There are a lot of angry atheists out there. Facebook and other online groups and forums are full of angry atheists denouncing religion, politicians and even other atheists who don’t agree with them on particular issues.
Seems like there’s more than a little need for some positive contribution by and for nonbelievers in terms of developing secular spirituality. Wintermas is just such an effort. It focuses on the positive aspects of the season and how celebrating them can help bring meaning to pretty much anyone outside of certain strict religious traditions.
Winter Solstice 2016 is coming December 21, 2016. But you can easily start to experience and appreciate it now. The days are definitely shorter and colder. There’s a lot more rain or snow, depending on where in the Northern Hemisphere you are.
A few people who have learned about Wintermas have immediately assumed it’s part of the so-call War on Christmas, but it is not intended to be.
As our Wintermas eBook explains, Wintermas is intended as an alternative secular celebration so that non-believers can enjoy and gain meaning form the winter holidays. No attempt is made to discredit, malign or replace Christmas for those who like it the way it is.
To learn more, please read our brief introductory Wintermas ebook on Kindle devices or the free Kindle readers available for PCs, Macs, and smartphones.
The Winter Holiday Season 2016 is almost open us! Appropriately, here’s a great article on the origins of Christmas trees, which would be better named as Wintermas trees in light of the pagan/secular origins
Merry Wintermas (or Happy WIntermas in the British world) 2015 to all! Stripped of the Christmas Holidays’ religious baggage, Wintermas is a time to celebrate the turning of the Seasons, for relaxation and reflection and energizing one’s self for the year ahead.
The Winter Holidays are also all about light. The slow return of longer days and the appreciation of the physical and spirtitual warmth brought by firelight, candles and evergreens. So, enjoy your Wintermas trees and Yules logs, or light a candle. Give a gift, enjoy a feast and call a long lost relative. You don’t need “Christmas” to enjoy this day.
Merry WIntermas to all and to all a Good Night!
A Secular Celebration of the Winter Holiday Season
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