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Dec 24, 2023Liked by Thom Hartmann

Same to you and yours, Thom. And absolutely everyone and everything on our shared planet.

We are but one entity, individual parts of a grater whole. Perceived divisions are of our own making. May we all, without exception, find our way home to the light from which we originated. Across this beautiful improbability called life, let us not be ambivalent to the extraordinary which is consciousness - for I am not me without you, as you are not you without me. From the center of my heart, to everyone the world over, I am grateful to share our time here together. The light will return.

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Dec 24, 2023Liked by Thom Hartmann

What a gift you present to us today, Thom! Thank you for this piece, and have a wonderful Christmas!

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Dec 24, 2023Liked by Thom Hartmann

Thanks, Thom. This is lovely, and I’ve shared it widely.

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Dec 25, 2023Liked by Thom Hartmann

That knowledge will certainly keep us warmer in the coming weeks. I have a long list of ones who will appreciate your storied histories and forward this widely.

Have a very Merry solstice celebration and a very illuminated New Year!

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At this time next year I sincerely intend to celebrate crushing the life out of the Tя☭mp era. But for now 🎄

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Yes. The hearts of the people are cold. What relights the heart? We best find the flame and share it.

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Great stories! Happy Holidays to you!! I recall the German shamans tied a sacrificial human to that tree before they lit it. One less mouth to feed, I suppose, on those long winter nights.

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Knowledge and truth are the essential gifts needed in 2024. I know Thom will prepare and deliver them. That's my kinda of Santa!

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Thanx Thom ,you have something good going on with this site and it’s great following,I feel quite welcome and among like minded good people,sorry I’m so new to the game ,grand kids got me to step into the21st century and have been teaching this old dog some new tricks. A very merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Dec 24, 2023·edited Dec 24, 2023

Thank you for the uplifting tale today. With all the terrible news (TFG and Israel and …) I get down. This helps and reminds me of our living in Vienna through two winter seasons. Beautiful and peaceful - even took sleigh ride (ok snowcat) up Eisenbach

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Seasoned Green Beans to all!

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If Republicans take Congress and Trump the presidency in 2024

What will America look like

1. Dec 25, 2025?

2, Dec 25, 2029?

3. Dec 25, 2034?. Who will be President Sr, Jr, Eric, or Bannon,or Steven Miller?

Happy holidays and I hope it is not our last such.

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Wonderful summary Thom. Your research and several others (Heather Cox Richardson, Robert Reich, Joyce Vance) is a wonderful review of the history of these ancient traditions. Thank you for this gift. Will print and save... Wishing the "light" to illuminate 2024!

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I immediately chuckled when I saw the picture of Saint Coca Cola (aka Santa Claus) rather than Sankt Nikolaus (attired as a bishop), Weihnachtsmann (Father Christmas), or a nativity scene. Indeed, there is little doubt that the Church of Rome aligned most of its Holy Days with dominant pagan feasts and rituals to promote religious conversions, and probably, to avoid confrontations with local pagan authorities. The religious-neutral term "holiday" itself likely has its etymological roots in "Holy Day."

But leave it to the USA to exploit celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth to promote the capitalist spending-spree we experience today. Evangelicals eager to promote Christo-nationalism encouraged Congress to make December 25th a national holiday. Soon cities began to amplify Christmas gift-giving by adorning downtown shopping-area streetlights with elves, candy-canes, and snowmen. Today, the Christmas decoration fad has spread to people's front yards - now festooned with inflated snowmen, Santa's, and reindeer, replete with colored lights and Nativity Scenes.

Coke is still America's #1 soft drink, but most Americans today are likely unaware that the red-suited, chubby North Pole resident, with the long white beard was created as an advertising icon to promote Coca Cola sales. Christmas marketing, along with the holiday, seems to have so overshadowed its Christian roots to become a nationally-dominant secular secular celebration in which even people of non-Christian faiths exchange gifts on Christmas so their children do not feel left out on December 25.

So, Ho ho ho - let us not lose sight of what Christmas is really about - peace on earth and good will towards men.

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Absolutely wonderful review and enhancement of what you have written earlier!

I would still love to have your research skills applied to Saturnalia and learning how that also influences Christmas traditions. It certainly influences Northern European cultures today in that December is realistically a half month of working and a half month of parties.

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