Christmas In July Day 8: Winter Is The Reason For The Season

This post is part of Teagan Geneviene’s Christmas In July blog hop. #Christmastime

#ChristmasInJuly #writingprompt

Originally posted in December 2012.

People keep telling me, “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but you know what? He isn’t. I mean, I’m a practicing Christian (might get it right someday, if I practice enough), so I’m a fan, but you might as well say the Indianapolis Colts football team are the reason for fall.

Okay, bad analogy. They are.

But the reason for the season is, to start with, the tilt of the earth on its axis as it orbits the sun. Says so, right on Wikipedia. WINTER

So there comes a time when the days are very short and the nights are very long. When you get far enough north, there’s a day when the sun doesn’t rise AT ALL. Then the sun comes up again, and stays longer every day until Winter is over. People celebrated that return WAY before Jesus was born.

Not knowing the date of Jesus’ actual birth (yes, Jesus did actually exist), the Roman Catholic church placed the celebration of it during the Solar New Year celebrations.

First, people were already celebrating. It was easier to redefine the meaning of the celebration than it would be to squash it.

Second, The Festival of the Unconquered Sun? The return of light to a dark world? A new promise of life to come? The birth of a new time? It’s a natural fit.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Have a character mark the Winter Solstice in some way.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Christmas In July Day 8: Winter Is The Reason For The Season

  1. bikerchick57

    July 8, 2024 at 9:32am

    Yes, Marian, the reason for the winter season has to do with science and how our planet behaves in December. I would guess when (and where) Jesus was actually born, there was no snow or pine trees either! Merry Julymas!

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