Today is not only December 21, 2012 … today is the day people quit yammering on the intertubes about whether or not the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world. It did not. Move along now, nothing to see here.
Although the Mayans were not (duh) indicating anything other than the end of a time cycle called the Long Count, the Sandy Hook shooting is much on my mind today and I cannot help but hurt for the families who HAVE experienced the end of the world as they knew it. However, I’m going to write (and hopefully think) about other things, since my girls keep asking me why I am crying and I don’t want to have to talk about the fact nightmares can come true.
Today is also the midwinter solstice, AKA the shortest day of the year. There are many, many festivals and religious themed celebrations across the cultural spectrum that are used to celebrate the fact that this is beginning of winter. One of my favorites is Yule, from whence Christmas gets its Yule logs and making the yuletide gay. Jesus’s birthday was probably in March, but when Christians wanted to commemorate the birth of a God who would die and rise again, they knew Yule was the day to do it! As an Episcopalian who is very fond of her Christmas tree, I thank my ancient ancestors for their foresight in stealing a really good holiday.
Today is also (and this is important) a SNOW DAY. The frosty sky opened last night and snowflakes did fall and accumulate, and lo the Fokkerlings have no school this morn. This means I actually have time to blog and have much snuggles with my girls, but it additionally means that there are no school parties, no opportunities to give their teachers the Russell Stover’s chocolates I purchased as gifts, and I cannot go see The Hobbit with Sweet Babou this afternoon. Clearly it was a mixed blessing. Nevertheless the benefits (including eating the teacher’s chocolates) far outweigh the negatives, which means a generalized happy dance.
I hope you all find happiness today as well.