The longest night of the year has passed. Now the North Pole begins its tilt back toward the sun. And as it does the cycle of a new spring, new summer and fall lies before us. Sweet.
The days around the winter solstice have long been a time of celebration. Christmas is the most obvious example and is presently upon us. Back around 2000BC the Druids began their solstice dance at Stonehenge. Modern Druids are doing the same today. During their carnival-like holiday of Saturnalia, the Romans danced too. For several days, starting on December 17th, they exchanged gifts, partook of Roman feasts, special freedoms, gambling, and libidinous behavior. Hey, winter can be fun!