Just for today I'm a pagan, celebrating the passing of the Winter Solstice and the gradual return of the Sun and it's warmth!
Sacrifice another Virgin! Set another Village Elder adrift on an Ice Floe!!! Pick out some loser and strap his or her ass into the Viking Ship, set it loose from the shore and shower it with flaming arrows!!!! The Gods are appeased, and we shall all live to see another Spring!!!!! (with any luck... it's a long way to April).
Meanwhile, though, there's Christmas and New Year's to contend with and, no matter what corner of the Earth you're currently hiding in, here come the last two hurdles to staying reasonably sober for any length of time during the darkest days in the northern hemisphere in any year.
But those aren't until Monday... and a week from Monday. Just for today we can all get behind the idea that the worst is behind us and there's nothing but sunshine and happiness ahead.
I wish you all very Happy, Healthy, Joyous and Free Winter Solstice Day!