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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:21 pm

TOM SITO'S CHRISTMAS TRIVIA-2013

As you sit back in your chair this Christmas –Christ’s Mass ( the biggest holiday of the Ancient Roman World called Saturnalia and the birth of the Persian Sun God Mithras was named the birth festival of Jesus by Pope Leo the Great in 885 A.D. December 25th was also the Feast of Sol Invictus, the Invincible Sun, a cult popular to Romans like Constantine, the first Christian emperor. Mithras was born of a virgin and adored by shepherds in the forest. You sit by your yule log (German Norse custom, the Yule Festival lasting twelve days), wrapping your presents in pretty paper ( Roman Saturnalia custom) with your house all decorated with lights ( Roman New Year custom) under your mistletoe (Druid custom), drinking from your Wassel Bowl (Anglo-German hot beer with toast floating in it, which is why we "toast" with the words "was-heil"-Here’s to you. Egg Nog was a drink of Elizabethan sailors which means 'Eggs with Grog".)

You're admiring your Christmas Tree ( besides Druid tree worship, the 24th of December was the feast day of Saints Adam & Eve when Medieval Churches act out the Genesis story and set up a tree representing the "tree of life" with glass balls representing the fruit. Some attribute the idea to Martin Luther and others to a legend about devils trying to undermine the Tree of Life and they succeed at end of the year so decorating a tree helps the Tree of Life grow back. They began to appear in private homes in the mid-1500s. The Christmas Tree custom was taken from Germany to England by Queen Charlotte of Mecklenberg Strelitz, the wife of King George III and to America by Hessian soldiers, Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Alfred’s insistence on a Christmas Tree in Windsor Castle made it fashionable. Thomas Edison first strung electric lights around the tree replacing candles in 1882.

Holly bloomed only at this time of year and to Medieval people it looked like the Crown of Thorns with the little red berries symbolizing blood droplets. Poinsettias were introduced in the 1828 by the US consul to Mexico, Joel Poinsett. The first Christmas Card was designed by Briton John Calcott Horsely of the Royal Academy of Art in 1843.

And you dream of a visit from Santa Claus ( a hybrid of Anglo-Dutch customs appearing in it's modern form in New York in the late 1850's. The English form was Father Christmas, a big jolly Bishop in a red suit and the Dutch had St. Nicholas or Kris Kringle, the elf who dropped down your chimney and was also known as 'Klaus-in-the-Cinders' or 'Cinder-Klaus". The Welsh had a Druid priest who distributed magic mushrooms wore a red robe with white fur trim. To avoid the more toxic qualities they fed these mushrooms to Reindeer and drank ale fermented from their urine. Yeah, that’s where the Reindeer come from. Part of your stoner high from the mushrooms was everyone around you appears smaller- maybe the origin of the Elves..?

So here's wishing you hopes for a "White Christmas" (song written by Russian-Jewish composer Irving Berlin) and a very Happy New Year (courtesy of the 12 month calendar designed in 45 B.C. by the Egyptian scientist Sosigenes for Julius Caesar, modified by Pope Gregory in 1582, else we'd be celebrating New Years in March.

Merry Christmas, Freylich Hanukkah, Happy Ramadan, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Birth of Horus , Happy Washing of the Buddha, Happy Birth of Mithras, Io, Io, Saturnalia, Joyeux Noel, Bozego Narodzenia, Frohe Weinacht, Helige Yule, Feliz Navidad, Prettig Kerstfeest, Nadolig llawen, Selamat Hari Krismas,, Happy death and rebirth of Baldur son of Odin, Happy beginning of the rise of Porsephone back from Hades to her mother Demeter. Mele Kalikimaka.
And please pass the Reindeer Pee!

Tom & Pat Sito 2013
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:10 pm

The Beach Boys:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-vAZabkn3U

Or alternately, covered by The Electric Mayhem:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDkRvfo8jVE
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Postby Garrett Gilchrist » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:37 pm

Pee Wee Herman's Christmas Special:
http://www.happyholidayspeewee.com/
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