Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Winter Solstice!

Yes, today (Dec. 21, 2010) is the first day of winter. We can tell. Here in Sarasota we've had bone-chilling temperatures in the 40s and 50s (Fahrenheit, of course) and on a couple evenings it even dipped into the 30s. But, your writer (Harry) grew up near Buffalo, so I guess I can handle it.

Holiday Greetings.

It's a wonderful time of the year, whatever your beliefs. I was raised in the Christian tradition. So (and without any commercial benefit whatever, since I don't believe many people give signal conditioners as Christmas presents), I'm not ashamed to say:

Merry Christmas.

Christian beliefs include the Old Testament. Hannukah celebrates religious freedom. Judas Maccabeus led the revolt which restored the right of the Jews to practice their religion at the temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle that one day's worth of lamp oil lasted 8 days. So, to our Jewish friends includng Bea next door and Myra and Stan down the steet, I wish you (belatedly):

Happy Hanukkah.

Kwanzaa, while not a religious holiday, celebrates the 7 principles of Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith, wonderful guiding principles for communities of any  belief or nationality. To our friends who celebrate it:

Joyous Kwanzaa, and Habari Gani?

I once worked with a fellow who claimed to be a Pagan. Of course, the timing of the Christmas celebration and some of its traditions (such as the Christmas tree) evolved from pagan winter solstice traditions (which is part of the reason the early Puritans forbade its celebration), So to all of you who may be pagans, non-religious or perhaps just tired of the excesses of the season:

Happy Winter Solstice.

(My apologies to those of other beliefs that I am not familiar with.)

And - an early Happy New Year from Harry and all of us at JH Technology.


  1. Who claimed to be a pagan? Guessing they did so kind of jokingly. I claim to be a heathen, also kind of jokingly ;)

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