I wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Mine was a few days ago, but that doesn't matter. I enjoyed it. This is for most of the rest of you.
May this be a day that stays in your heart the year-round. Holidays exist for reasons. We need times to reflect and think about what makes us a society. We have Christmas but also 4th of July. We have Easter, but also Thanksgiving Day.
We even have Groundhogs Day. Do you know why? It's the midwinter day... Please feel free to check your calendar.
All the oldest holidays have a reason. It doesn't matter that Christmas is a steal from the Winter Solstice, we ALL NEED a holiday at the shortest time of the year. It keeps our hopes alive of longer days to come and the annual promise of warmth and successful planting. We NEED that, because without the promise of new crops we would all die.
The lengthening days told our ancestors that there would come a time to sow the seeds again. Ritual days helped them to know when those seeding days would come, and to help us endure the hungry nights until then.
Some people grant the days of planting (and harvest) to deities. Others don't. But we have learned to plant seeds at the proper times, and historically, that was at certain holidays (and that was the reason for the holidays).
I wish you a Happy Solstice holiday for whatever reason you give it. I will celebrate it for the reasons our ancestors did.
A Happy Holiday to all for all reasons. May hope and promise of better days follow you all the days of your lives...