This is it: the big day! Time to gather around under the tree, the first rays of the sun piercing the misty, crispy dawn sky, children’s eyes round as saucers and gleaming with delight. No need to think about the brown, piny, needle-shedding hulk you have to drag out onto the street later: now is the magic moment! Put away the cameras, phones, and tablets — these memories are for human eyes, not the cold digital sensor of a plastic box in front of your face. Today, hands are for hugging, opening presents, playing music, and stuffing yourself with goodies. (Or for rubbing together in anticipation of any of the preceding.)
Celebrants of Christmas are not alone in the world, of course, so we’d like to take a moment to extend our warmest wishes to a few other cultures. It just so happens that this year, the final day of Hanukkah falls on the 24th of December, so we’ll be catching you at the end of your celebrations. Pancha Ganapati will also be reaching its climax on the 25th, so we wish you a delightful celebration on this day. Yaldā and Soyal fall precisely on the solstice (the 21st), and the Dōngzhì festival on the 22nd, so our wishes are a little late in getting to you, but are heartfelt nonetheless. Alas, the “rest of us” missed Festivus on the 23rd, but we’re sure your Feats of Strength were very impressive. In a secular spirit, we’d also like to recognize Quaid-e-Azam’s Day and Newtonmas, both of which are also celebrated on the 25th. And finally, our best wishes go out to celebrants of Boxing Day and Kwanzaa, who will be kicking off the festivities tomorrow, the 26th.
If we missed anyone’s cherished Winter Solstice festival, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and remind us you’re out there. After all, learning is what iSpring’s all about!
And New Year is coming…