is where we are now:
and we know that in many cultures we light fires and candles and bring greenery into the house at this time, because somewhere deep inside we are not quite sure that the light will ever come back. And we still do it today. People who say "oh, Christmas is just an appropriation of the Mithraic cult, which celebrated the birth of the Sun King, whose mother was the Goddess, at the winter solstice" are missing the point. We do it because, whatever our beliefs, this is not really about belief. It is not rational. Today the sun has gone away and we would like it to come back, thank you very much. Last year sig other and I were in Iceland in late June, when it did not get dark at all, and that was harder to take than endless darkness is - but you would not like either of them to be a permanent state. And yet near the equator the days are always pretty much the same length. So are people who live with unchanging length of days different from us who live closer to the poles? Discuss.