Monday, December 24, 2012

Results Must Be Measurable

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" The title of this post is "teacher lingo." It means that you must have some written proof that your students have learned what you set out to teach them.

But I think "results must be measurable" can apply to lots of other things as well.

For years I wondered why Christmas came five days after the winter solstice, and not right on it.

Voila! I'm not the quickest thinker, but I might have figured it out.

After the shortest period of daylight each year, we gain a half minute to a minute of extra daylight per 24-hour cycle. I guess it would take five days or so before the extra daylight would be measurable. It's like our ancient forebears had to be certain that the Sun was returning before they threw a party for it.

Yuletide, explained ... at least to my not-so-nimble mind.

On behalf of the staff of "The Gods Are Bored," and all the Ancient Ones whose praise and worship teams marked this part of the year with feasts, I wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday. Set some mulled wine aside for the faeries, sing a carol or two, and enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest.

Blessings to all,

Crazy Buzzard Lady


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yuletide blessings to all at your house and the buzzards too. And an extra blessing for Decibel.

Christa said...

Ooh. Is that what the "12 days of christmas" was for maybe?? I figure after 12 days you'd be able to notice a difference. Hmm. Thanks for the insight!


Goddess bless you sweet friend and your lovely family.

Raven~ said...

I don't remember the scientific name for the phenomenon, but the day of the solstice shifts in reference to the calendar. I'll look up that term and send it to you in FB message or email.

When Dec. 25 was selected as the date to commemorate the Birth of Christ (as well as the birth of Mithra and the Festival of Sol Invictus) ... Dec. 25 *was* the date of the solstice

And Yes, the 12 Days of Christmas marked the time between The Solstice/Birth on Dec. 25 and the astronomical/astrological events around Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany (primarily the water mystery of Baptism), which was also the time when the Egyptians celebrated the rebirth/renewal of the Nile. I'm not sure when/how the Northern European divination folklore customs became associated with that group of days.