It’s time for a short break in blogging. Today is Winter Solstice, the holiday that my family celebrates in place of Christmas. (This makes my stepson doubly lucky — he gets Solstice with us, and Christmas with his dad. What’s not to like?) So, tonight is the big meal and the gift opening, and tomorrow we’re heading up to Lisboa to spend a few days with my brother-in-law.
Our kidlet is old enough now to learn what Winter Solstice really is, so I was planning to conduct a little astronomy lesson over dinner, using an orange for the Sun and a lime for Earth. Not quite to scale, I know, but one must be practical.
Unfortunately I forgot my intentions this morning, and juiced our last oranges. There went the Sun. I am now left with…a lemon. It’s a nice big lemon, true, but not exactly round. On the other hand, it’s yellow, so all is not lost.
I wish you a very Happy Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whichever holiday you choose to celebrate. May your season be full of family and friends, laughter, and really good food. And to get you started off right, here is Straight No Chaser with their original performance of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Practically everyone in the English-speaking world knows the lyrics to the song, but they don’t know the lyrics to this version.
(Okay, technically Winter Solstice isn’t until 05:30 tomorrow, but we’re not waiting.)