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Authors Answer 60 – Merry Christmas from All of Us

Happy holidays.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

For the first time, Authors Answer falls on Christmas Day. So, we have a very special and simple message for all of you from all of us. We’re sharing a bit of what we’re doing for Christmas with you.

I’d also like to mention that this will be Caren Rich’s final Authors Answer. I want to thank her for her participation. It’s greatly appreciated, and I enjoyed her answers very much. Thank you, Caren, and good luck!

2002_Blue_Room_Christmas_treeQuestion 60 – What are your plans for Christmas Day?

D. T. Nova

To spend time with my family, and probably stay off the internet almost entirely.

Gregory S. Close

In a word: pie.

Paul B. Spence

I plan to spend the winter holiday with my family and friends, as one should.

Caren Rich

We are very traditional when it comes to Christmas. The kids pull us out of bed before the sun…

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Awesome Music Thursday: Brighter Than Today

This time of year has become the world’s biggest holiday by a large margin; considering the amount of shopping that’s done for it I suppose it’s obvious why retailers want to make the time it takes over start earlier and earlier.

But we can’t forget what it’s really about. The reason for the season. Axial tilt; that’s not really a joke, because the original reason for what has come to be known as “the holiday season” is the season itself; the winter solstice. The longest night of the year, and more thematically important, the moment when the days stop getting shorter and start getting longer. That’s why so many cultures and religions make it into a day about hope and new beginnings.

And I think this song (easily the most obscure one I’ve featured) expresses the true meaning of the solstice better than any traditional holiday song, and even better than any of the rather good pagan songs I’ve heard. Brighter Than Today, central anthem of A Secular Solstice, performed by the Bliss Jockeys and Lesley Shannon.

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