Happy Winter Solstice (04.19 GMT) Tonight

At present Thor is In the living room screaming. Just a small echo of the astronomy of this moment! Yes, it is the Winter Solstice tonight, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the eve of (our) Thor’s birth!

For me, this astronomical event signifies the true start of Winter. Some imagine that December 1st indicates the beginning of Winter, but hear me out? With Christmas but a few days away – how did the birth of Christ get conveniently moved to that specific date? Wasn’t it the Roman conversation to Christianity (in order to better control their vast population), that turned the pagan festival of the solstice into what is now the Xmas holidays?

So, I would like to get all pre Christ for a moment and wish you all a ‘Happy Winters Solstice’ and as for our son Thor, I’ll save his birthday wishes for tomorrow. FYI – Thor is still in the living room screaming…

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

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