This year I decided to return to the original Nordic, Germanic meaning of the festival we celebrate at this time of the year. This meaning is pure, real and scientific. And above all, it doesn't have a religious sentiment attached to it which in today's politically correct version would mean adding dozens of different names to the image.
And, more importantly, the days in question no longer have any religious meaning for the vast majority of people, particularly in the so-called first world. It's become nothing but an excuse for excessive, almost unbridled shopping and debt creation. And what, pray tell, does any of that have to do with "Christmas"?
So, let's celebrate the winter solstice, enjoy the days already getting longer, if not warmer, and think of friends and family. Oh, and let's hope for a much improved new year - 2013.