Yeah, this is Christmas at my house:


I wish that was Christmas everywhere. Then again, if that really applied all those people would be related, which is a bit disconcerting. That’s a depiction of Saturnalia, one of the concepts hijacked by the Christians.

Then there’s Yule, the original Pagan celebration of the sun god Mithras, where we get burning candles, mistletoe and holly berries from as part of our Christmas celebrations. Another thing assimilated by the Borg. I mean Christians. (Resistance is futile).

Although I’m torn between whether I’d prefer Saturnalia, Yule or Festivus, with its “Airing of Grievances” and aluminium Festivus Pole.

In truth, anything is better than the pseudo-Christian, commercial spend-fest that is the modern Western Christmas, that causes more stress and suicide than any other time of year.

So try to look beyond all the messed up imagery and symbolism and focus on the most important part – the gathering of friends and family and the sharing of food, love and good times. Try not to get too stressed about it all. Enjoy your Sol Invictus (the feast of the Unconquered Sun) and may I wish all Word readers happiness, health, safety and peace now and for the future.