Open Thread: Holy Days, Secular Days, and Normal Days

(by chris the cynic)

‘Tis the season for people to say, “‘Tis the season,” so what, if anything, do you celebrate around this time give or take, say, 20 days?


14 thoughts on “Open Thread: Holy Days, Secular Days, and Normal Days

  1. christhecynic December 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I miss Advent calendars. It’s not as if they no longer exist or anything, it’s just that no one gives me chocolate a day calendars of December anymore. And this year secular Advent and religious Advent lined up and everything.

    I should probably buy myself an Advent calendar when December rolls around each year.

  2. elliemurasaki December 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

    The season of HOLY SHIT WORK GOT BUSY. Happens in the last two weeks of every December. I’m not sure whether to be pissed off or grateful that we have Christmas guaranteed off and night shift has schedules shifted on Christmas Eve to give us the evening for Christmas Eve stuff (and shifted on the day before Christmas Eve so we don’t have to work till midnight one night and start again at eight that morning). We’re state frickin’ employees, we shouldn’t be endorsing Christianity, and nobody in this division gets to take a day off for Solstice or what have you unless it falls on the 25th. But I am going to be so glad for that day off.

    We also have Good Friday guaranteed off. That I am pissed about.

  3. froborr December 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Dad’s birthday on the 17th, which was depressing, and the anniversary of his death on the 25th, which is more depressing. But (fingers crossed) I might be getting to spend New Years with my two oldest friends again, if not I am going to a party with some newer (five years or so) friends, and then right after that is MAGFest, which is the convention where I do nothing but attend and have fun and go to all the concerts.

  4. Lonespark December 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

    ‘Tis the season for SLEDDING!

    Also, this convo with my this morning:
    Me: So S and Mrs. H are Jewish, and some people celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, and Grandma celebrates Christmas as baby Jesus’s birthday, but we celebrate Yuletide as a festival celebrating family and exchanging presents…
    Me: Yes, food. Yummy, yummy food.

  5. christhecynic December 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Food is good.

  6. Lonespark December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    And I can totally hook you up with one or more Advent calendars next time around.

    Apparently they also have Easter ones, too, now. Yum!

  7. christhecynic December 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    A little bit slow to pick up on this, but: I thought you celebrated Yuletide as, “Kayleekins you were born. You were totally born. Not hewn from trees like some people, or out of clay like others, or from ribs, or wolves, or from stones, or … you were BORN.”

    Or something like that. I don’t pretend to have a complete grasp of the religious significance of the thing.

  8. Lonespark December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Both begotten and born was she.
    I don’t call her YuleBaby for nothin’.

  9. Lonespark December 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Who comes from wolves?

    (And she didn’t burst fully formed from anyone’s head, either. Even partially-grown, that would be rough….all the dancing…)

  10. christhecynic December 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    The native people appropriated for Twilight. The Quileute were turned into humans from wolves by a wandering magic person/being/thing. The whole werewolf thing is bullshit, but the legends do say they come from wolves.

  11. Lonespark December 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oooh, neat!

  12. storiteller December 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    My mom had a handmade Advent calendar for me where I had a different activity or thing each day, way before Pinterest. I remain both in love with it from a child’s point of view and intimidated as a parent.

    And Lonespark, that kid has the right priorities. At least food is a lot less consumerist than presents.

    Ellie, I’m Christian and I would be uncomfortable having Good Friday off. That’s deeply weird.

  13. Firedrake December 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

    In the UK Good Friday (and Easter Monday) are statutory holidays — which doesn’t mean much in low-end jobs, but many people can expect to get them as time off. But the UK is still nominally a Christian country.

  14. froborr December 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Bush the Lesser gave government employees Good Friday off most years he was in office. It was extremely annoying for contractors because (a) while feds were just given a free paid day off, contractors were forced to burn vacation/sick time or take a day of unpaid leave, and (b) it was inevitably announced less than a week before Good Friday, giving no time to plan for it.

    Obama has abandoned the practice, though he continued the long-established (and much less annoying) practice of allowing individual government agencies the option of letting people off early on Good Friday and Christmas Eve.

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