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Happy Saturnalia! Okay, you’re right, it doesn’t really have anything to do with the planet Saturn but what a picture from NASA, eh? This is one reason I love the space program.

Saturnalia, in this context, is the ancient Roman holiday that, though it was removed from the official calender by the Catholics, continued to be celebrated between the 17th and 23rd of December throughout the old Roman empire. We get a lot of our Christmas traditions from Saturnalia, most importantly feasting, merry making and gift giving. The custom of the Christmas tree has different origins and the singing around a fire, still others. Some celebrations have traditional foods like turkey or ham, some have traditional drinks like cider or eggnog but most traditions are a time to gather with family or friends to celebrate.

Since I have no family to speak of and most of my friends are gathering in Lubbock this year, I got elected to carry on the new Firedoglake tradition of Over Easy. Not that I mind, I was never able to spend much time at The Diner, due to having to leave for work so early each day. Kuroneko and I will no doubt make as merry as a cat and a person can together.

White Christmas. It looks like great swaths of the country are going to have a White Christmas this year and in some cases it’s supposed to be very hazardous so please be careful as you go over the river and through the woods.

Working through Christmas.

“We’re going to stay here until Christmas Eve and even the time between and before the new year.”

Yeah, so much for the value of a promise from a teabag Republican.

A little too much Christmas cheer, Senator? Guess those Christmas bowls were spiked!


How science makes Santa possible.
At least from Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s point of view. He voted to demote Pluto though. I think they should have instead promoted Ceres and Eris but nobody asked me!

Recipe for a White Christmas. Don’t let the title fool you, it’s really a drink.

Recipe for eggnog. Don’t be silly! Go to the grocery store and buy some!

Happy Saturnalia, Merry Christmas, Yule Greetings, and any other holiday you may celebrate. Remember, nothing is as simple as it seems so when people talk about Christmas celebrating the birth of Christ, there’s a lot more going on than just that. So cheer up fellow atheists! We can greet Christians with a hearty Merry Christmas and not be giant hypocrites because this holiday is one rooted in western civilization and not just one tiny, little corner of it.