Sunday, December 25, 2011

Today Is Christmas!

Christmas is probably the most important holiday in the calendar of most European nations as well as in the United States. Many countries in Asia have also started celebrating Christmas in some fashion as many cultures have holidays and cultural traditions surrounding the winter solstice, which is December 21st. After all, who could say no to receiving gifts from friends and family or pass up cookies, candy, or Christmas dinner?

I hope that everybody gets what they asked for this year and I do hope that they remember that "family" should also include their pets if they have any, so please make sure that they are having a good time on Christmas as well. Please remember not to drink too much alcohol, and make sure that you have somebody that can drive you home safely if you have overindulged.

Finally, I found an interesting documentary on the history of Christmas. It may surprise people to know that Christmas in the United States is a relatively recent invention because the Puritan colonists that settled in New England thought that Christmas was a sacrilegious holiday because of the frequency of drunken and gluttonous revelers and imposed fines on anybody who was caught celebrating.

This is the first of a five part series on YouTube but I found it very interesting to watch.