Originally posted by Wulebgr
The shortest day in the year--the Winter Solstice--is a logical and natural holiday. The world's major religions had to wrest this holiday from pagans in order to establish their faith in society, hence Xmas falls on December 25 (four days after the Solstice) even though everyone knows that Jesus was born in August.
lol. Yeah...oddly enough, it is on that day that the Sun appears to be 'born' in the sky, preceeded by the three wise, old stars that make up Orion's Belt and the constellation Virgo (the Virgin). It begins it's journey back across the ecliptic plane (days are getting longer again). It passes the vernal equinox around Easter, where it appears that it's resurrection is complete, and the growing season begins anew.