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* Seasons Greetings ~ 2010
« on: December 20, 2010, 01:35:27 PM »
December 21 is a Solstice Day in 2010

The December solstice will occur at 23:38 (or 11.38pm) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 21, 2010. It is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere due to the seasonal differences. Its date varies from December 20 to December 23 depending on the year in the Gregorian calendar.


The Germanic peoples (also called Teutonic in older literature) are a historical ethno-linguistic group, originating in Northern Europe and identified by their use of the Indo-European Germanic languages, which diversified out of Common Germanic in the course of the Pre-Roman Iron Age. The descendants of these peoples became, and in many areas contributed to, ethnic groups in North Western Europe: Scandinavians (Danes, Norwegians, Swedes and Icelanders, but not Finns and Sami), Germans (including Austrians, German-speaking Swiss, and ethnic Germans), Dutch, and English, among others.

Solstice’ insfluence on Christmas


Notice the Christmas Star of David...

In modern times Christian all over the world celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, which falls on December 25. However, it is believed that this date was chosen to offset pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti. Some believe that celebrating the birth of the “true light of the world” was set in synchronization with the December solstice because from that point onwards, the days began to have more daylight in the northern hemisphere.

Christmas is also referred to as Yule, which may have derived from the Norse word jól, referring to the pre-Christian winter solstice festival. Yule is also known as Alban Arthan and was one of the “Lesser Sabbats” of the Wiccan year in a time when ancient believers celebrated the rebirth of the Sun God and days with more light. This took place annually around the time of the December solstice and lasted for 12 days. The Lesser Sabbats fall on the solstices and equinoxes.

The Feast of Juul was a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the December solstice. Fires were lit to symbolize the heat, light and life-giving properties of the returning sun. A Yule or Juul log was brought in and burned on the hearth in honor of the Scandinavian god Thor.

A piece of the log was kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year’s log. In England, Germany, France and other European countries, the Yule log was burned until nothing but ash remained. The ashes were then collected and either strewn on the fields as fertilizer every night until Twelfth Night or kept as a charm and or as medicine.

French peasants believed that if the ashes were kept under the bed, they would protect the house against thunder and lightning. The present-day custom of lighting a Yule log at Christmas is believed to have originated in the bonfires associated with the feast of Juul.



History of the Advent Calendar


The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th Century. The first styles came from the Protestant area. Religious families made a chalk line for every day in December until Christmas Eve. The first known Advent Calendar, which was made by hand, is from the year 1851.

Other early styles were the Adventclock or the Adventcandle - a candle for each of the 24 days until Christmas, similar to todays Advent wreath. In religious families little pictures were hang up on the wall - one for each day in December. Another tradition was to paint chalk strokes on the door, one per day until Christmas Eve.

The first printed specimen was made by a Swabian parishioner, Gerhard Lang (1881-1974) from Maulbronn in Germany.

When he was a child his mother made him an Advent Calendar with 24 "Wibbele" (little candies) which were stuck on a cardboard.

Later, Lang was a Principal in the printing office of Reichhold & Lang. He produced little colored pictures which could be affixed on a cardboard at every day in December. This was the first printed Advent Calendar, although without windows to open, published in 1908. This Calendar was named "Christmas-Calendar" or "Munich Christmas-Calendar". At the beginning of the 20th Century Lang produced the first Advent Calendars with little doors to open.

At this time as well the Sankt Johannis Printing Company started producing religious Advent Calendars, with Bible Verses instead of pictures behind the doors.

The Advent Calendar started a triumphal way around the globe. But Lang had to close his company in the thirties. Until that time he had produced about 30 different designs.

World War II terminated the success of this German tradition. The cardboard was rationed and companies were forbidden to produce Calendars with pictures. The first printed specimen after the war were printed by Richard Sellmer in 1946.




The little windows open and out pops a little sweetie for each day until Christmas Eve

From the birthplace of the Advent Calendar - Germany!


Christmas Eve


Traditionally Christmas Eve is a family affair with everyone opening what Santa brought.
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1. Christmas Day extended family and close friends
2. Christmas Day open house. Stores used to be closed.

Before the invention of electric lights, all Christmas trees were illuminated with real candles. In some European countries, Germany in particular, this is still a tradition (although electric lights are used more and more for practical reasons). Real candlelight creates a magical effect that electric lights cannot duplicate. Whether you have ancestors or friends from Germany that you want to commemorate or just want to try something different, use real candles on your next Christmas tree.

Before the invention of electric lights, all Christmas trees were illuminated with real candles. In some European countries, Germany in particular, this is still a tradition (although electric lights are used more and more for practical reasons). Real candlelight creates a magical effect that electric lights cannot duplicate. Whether you have ancestors or friends from Germany that you want to commemorate or just want to try something different, use real candles on your next Christmas tree.
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Re: * Seasons Greetings ~ 2010
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 10:00:33 PM »


Solstice Greetings to all, this year we have the lunar eclipse as a bonus!



from "The Celebrations In The Life Of The SS Family":

Everything goes, everything returns,
Eternally rolls the wheel of life,
Everything dies, everything blooms again.
Eternally rolls the wheel of life.
Everything breaks, everything is mended,
Eternally builds the house of life.
Everyone parts, everyone meets again,
Eternally the cycle of life stays true.

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Re: * Seasons Greetings ~ 2010
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 09:45:30 AM »
Solstice Greetings to all, this year we have the lunar eclipse as a bonus!

from "The Celebrations In The Life Of The SS Family":

Everything goes, everything returns,
Eternally rolls the wheel of life,
Everything dies, everything blooms again.
Eternally rolls the wheel of life.
Everything breaks, everything is mended,
Eternally builds the house of life.
Everyone parts, everyone meets again,
Eternally the cycle of life stays true.

Nice find EB, I have never seen this before.

 

Also this telling picture -->   was something new for me. Does it not confirm 'WHO' gave us Christianity ~ as mentioned by Rabbi Marcus Eli Ravage and others?
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Re: * Seasons Greetings ~ 2010
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2011, 02:51:46 PM »
Greeting from Arthur Topham


Dear Radical Reader,

Another year has passed in the history of our beleaguered planet and its myriad sentient inhabitants.

While I cannot say it’s been a fun time for the vast majority of the world’s 6 billion plus humans and other life forms it certainly can be stated with a high degree of certitude that it was another annual cycle of increasing uncertainty on all levels with greater hardship for all species, growing transparency (thanks to the web) in areas traditionally controlled and hidden from public scrutiny, and a period of unprecedented revelation in terms of how the world’s affairs are coordinated and their effects upon the ecology of the planet and the health and welfare of its citizens.

I won’t, and can’t, for obvious reasons of length, attempt to delve specifically into the vast number of events that now permeate cyber-space and pose for truth-seekers incredible challenges in terms of reaching any general consensus on how we might collectively respond to all the information at hand.

One fairly obvious and growing observation is that the Internet is expanding at a phenomenal rate. Along with this we’re witnessing the blogosphere explode as more and more individuals, for whatever reasons, find themselves moved to express their opinions and observations on local, regional, national and international events.

As I see it this evolution and spreading out of information is all part of Humankind’s slow, yet inexorable entrance into the next millennial age of eclectic, electric information (Aquarius) and cannot be stopped anymore than past events of previous cyclical ages could be. I also realize that it’s difficult for many people to wrap their minds around vast expanses of time yet now, thanks to the www, we’re able to look back quickly and easily over the past two millennia and comprehend, at least in rudimentary fashion, a general picture of how throughout such a seemingly long period of our history we’ve woven together a fabric, a tapestry if you will, that can now assist us as the family of humanity attempts to deal with the end results of our past actions prior to moving into the future with some semblance of certainty as to survival.

Until the 20th century we, as a species, never had to consider the challenges that we now face. The introduction into the planet’s survival equation of the nuclear factor back in the 1940s was probably the foremost manifestation of this nascent, collective danger to life itself and in a general sense our collective survival and our conscious awareness of all of life’s precarious balance suddenly assumed dimensions previously unimaginably.

Having observed political and environmental and social events over the past four plus decades it’s readily apparent to me that we are in a period of final closure; one that will set the course for subsequent events in all areas of human endeavor. My own personal investigations into the occult world of global politics have resulted in novel outcomes that I would never have suspected twenty years ago would have been possible.

With the advent of the Internet and its miraculous ability to broadcast an individual’s opinions, ideas and ideological perspective to the rest of the world it superseded Gutenberg’s galaxy in unfathomable, quantum proportions. It also gave to the individual powers that, prior to the net, were exclusively held by either the state, the church or vested private interests that had held such license to dispense knowledge and information for centuries.

Now that the playing field was level in terms of availability and dispensation of information those who had formerly held this ring of power in their hands were suddenly faced with the growing threat of being exposed in any and all areas wherein their information was deemed suspect and therefore questionable. This gave to the world a whole new interpretation of the religious terms “excommunication” and “heresy” and created the framework or conditions that we’re now witnessing today as freedom-loving individuals around the globe grapple with their new-found ability to communicate with the planet as a whole and those who once held this power struggle to stem the tide of increasing consciousness.

All of these new challenges to our individual rights and freedoms by the forces who once held exclusive control of information will become more and more exacerbated in the times ahead and I imagine, now that the proximity to the Mayan calendar year 2012 is only twelve months off in the future, that efforts on the part of the former (and current) controllers to regain the ground that they’ve lost will increase dramatically and in ways that parallel their former methodologies.

So where in this combination of seemingly incongruous and threatening elements of expanding precedents and reactionary events does a person find any glimmer of hope and faith for the future? That, as always, is the sixty-four thousand dollar question. Having covered the news now for the past 12 years and assimilated and observed a wide variety of events plus finding myself and my website under attack by the forces of historic repression and disinformation one might easily fall prey to a jaded outlook on life but in my case I’m still filled with hope that we will overcome these challenges and bring increasing light and justice to the world.

And so out with the old year and in with the new! The challenges and excitement of being here on the world’s stage at such a culminating point in history are too much to resist.

On behalf of RadicalPress.com therefore I send you warm wishes and grateful thanks for the support I’ve received over the past year and the encouragement to continue on in our collective effort to bring a balance of freedom and love and ecological harmony to our Earth and our own personal lives.

On with the show! and blessings and peace to all,

Arthur Topham
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The Radical Press
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...Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with.