Midsummer Christmas

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Midsummer Christmas

Post by scoia » Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:44 pm

As I've mentioned before, I live in Melbourne, Aust...Christmas here gets a bit weird sometomes-- being 40 degrees celcius on christmas day not being out of the ordinary, etc....

What I would like to know is how other people on this side of the earth celebrate their christmases?

Personally, I'll be celebrating midsummer (around the 21st Dec this year) in a astratu tradition, but I'm a bit stuck as to what to do with my christmas day. One of my only longstanding traditions is the "run like the wind before my parents drag me off to church" dance. #-o

They're not entirely reconciled with my spirituality.

Anyway, jokes aside- What do you all do?

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Post by morgana » Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:15 pm

Well I don't live in Australia, but I do live in Florida which is probably the warmest state in the US around Christmas time. It's not as unbearably hot as summer, but it's been known to be around 70 degrees Farenheight (sorry, dunno what that is in Celcius). Needless to say, I have never had a "white Christmas" living here, so it is a bit odd to see all those commercials and tv shows with people out in the snow on Christmas.

As for celebrating Christmas, I usually do all my celebrating on Christmas Eve. Christmas day is usually just reserved for playing with the new Christmas "toys" and being lazy. What I will do pagan-wise, I'm undecided. I usually just don't get to it as I am absolutely exhausted from work and the stress of the holiday season by the time Christmas gets here. I know, I know, I'm a bad pagan, shame on me! [-X :cry:
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Post by FyreGarnet » Mon Dec 06, 2004 7:51 pm

I don't think you are a bad pagan at all. You should do rituals and magic when you are feeling well. Otherwise something might go wrong. Plus, the deities understand that somedays are just not good for communicating with them. Think about it. Do you really want to talk to someone who is totally depressed and hear the constant complaints of how their life is so messed up. If you don't, then assume that they don't want to hear it either.

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Post by scoia » Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:37 pm

Totally, it's not like it's an organised religion or anything...you don't get 'points' for being punctual like some other religions I could mention....

Besides whihc, having a good time and repairing your 'mana' is as good a testament to your gods as anything...
First they ignore you.
Then they laught at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win.
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Post by morgana » Tue Dec 07, 2004 4:09 pm

Lol, I know, the scolding of myself was done jokingly. Trust me, I am waaaay too liberal in my beliefs to get hung up on whether I get around to celebrating a holiday or not. If I feel like it, I do it. If not, ::shrug:: no biggie. :-)
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Post by Wbdsgnr1 » Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:27 pm

can i please just skip out on yule/christmas/and my birthday this year?!?!

Pretty please?!?! *begs*


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Post by morgana » Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:52 pm

Well, Yule and your birthday are up to you, but since I have to celebrate Christmas and buy people presents, so should you.

What's upsetting to me is when I jokingly suggest skipping Christmas to people, they get all offended! It's like who are you to say whether I choose to celebrate a holiday or not? I know they're just upset cuz they think they won't get their presents, and that is a whole other topic I could rant about for hours... :roll: Anyway I'll stop complaining now, For those who used to/still do celebrate Hannukah, Happy Hannukah. It began this evening.
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Post by RavenEyes » Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:59 am

Christmas is likely to be spent with the family this year - my aunt is pretty ill with MS, so everyone is spending as much time together as they can...
as for yule, well i'm at home with the parents who don't know i'm pagan, so am planning a long walk (depending on the weather) in the woods near where i live..... quite simple really, but easy to fit in around visiting the family, cooking food for everyone etc, etc... i love this time of year!!
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Post by Kystar » Thu Dec 09, 2004 11:11 am

Yule is going to be spent with my Tony, we're going to see the release of "Phantom of the Opera" the new movie.

Christmas is going to be celebrated by not going anywhere. Usually, we would run around on the holidays to visit everyone...but this is out 1st year in our own place, so we're making everyone come to us.
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Post by Artemisblessed » Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:13 am

it's a little weird. yule usually falls on my mother's birthday (dec. 22) and she's semi-ok with my pagan-ness.

as for this year's yule, i was thinking about getting my friends to do a "oak king-holly king" death match recreation, but if that goes wrong, i'm probably gonna take a walk and will the sun to come back or something. but that's a long way away...
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