I just wondered. Pagans don’t have a totally lonely time because most Christian holidays were stolen from pagan celebrations. I mean the Winter Solstice (celebration of birth of the baby Son God) is around December 21. Pagans decorated and gave gifts, feasted, etc. I give everyone gifts and say “Happy Yule” as I hand it .
Solstice is the founding for all of the fun stuff the Christians hijacked.
And the sun has been "standing" at its earliest sunset for several days now. That is 5:18pm EST in my spot on earth. It will go to 5:19pm in a day or two.
Dec 21 is the shortest day, but the latest sunset is not until sometime in January so it balances out.
During our dark Alaska winters many of us celebrate the Winter Solstice and the returning warmth of the sun ...or sometimes I observe Saturnalia a Roman celebration of feasting and gifts when social norms were reversed and masters would serve their slaves...
Honestly, pretty dull stuff. Eat too much. Drink too much. Irritate the family with gawd-awful Bob Rivers xmas songs and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but, since you asked, I think it'd also be a lot of fun to create what would likely be regarded as the most inappropriate/insensitive seasonal display for the front yard, with the center piece being a reimagined nativity scene. Maybe some of you could help me out with this next part, as I might need some help distinguishing between the, otherwise central figures, and the 3 wise men. In addition to the usual farm animals, I'd have the wise men represented by Dawkins, Hutchins, and Darwin standing watch over a serene, angelic spaghetti monster, over which would hang an energy drink can (Rock Star, naturally). I'm guessing the typical passerby probably wouldn't recognize some of the other figures on display, but I'm thinking Sam Harris, Michael Schermer, and Daniel Dennett, to name a few.
This year got my family all to donate to charity in lieu of gifts....waaaaay less social contact, (no shopping, mailing, touching "foreign" stuff)
We are all older & need nothing anyway.
The dogs will enjoy their presents in the morning, plus mine to me. (The bigger-screen 4K OLED is already installed)
Going to buy myself something lovely for dinner on the 25th...Thanksgiving I roasted a duck. I think a lobster this time......