Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Getting to Know You: Winter Holidays


Baby, it's cold outside! And dark. The days are getting shorter and shorter here in the northern hemisphere. In a couple of weeks we will have the shortest day of the year, which we call the Winter Solstice.

Humans have a way of defying the cold and dark with holidays and festivals. We have many of them!

What do you celebrate this time of year? Is it cold where you are now, or is it warm? How do you bring cheer to your year?

(note: This discussion is for characters only, please.)

23 comments:

Devi Marconi said...

Thanks for the wonderful discussion topic, Christine.

While the people of Ruby Hollow do indeed celebrate many things at this time of year - from Hanukkah to Christmas and everything in between (including our annual gingerbread house competition) - we're not too affected by the short, cold days of winter. After all, it's always dimly lit and a cool 55 degrees down here - no matter the time of year!

Happy holidays, everyone!

Abigail said...

We have the Notes of Ice festival, which is when we set aside the songs of autumn for those of winter. It occurs on the first day the snow lies deeper an fully-spred rose blossom.
(news to the author)

Marenya said...

We celebrate the longest night of the year by staying up until dawn, to watch the sun rise after the longest night. We feast and dance and it is also a time for courting couples to steal a kiss in a corner.

Chaperones look the other way for this one evening.

But, it is hard to stay awake after so much food, drink, and merriment!

Nighfala said...

Rabbits are easier to catch in snow.

Faldur said...

As are lions.

Ginger said...

We do the typical American Christmas thing. With an intense Scrabble tournament after dinner.

I know, we're geeks.

Olivia Harper said...

Ooh, I love Scrabble, Ginger! Actually, I love all board games. Have my mother to thank for that. So, I guess I'm a "geek," too.

Aidan said...

We trade presents out of habit, really, not so much belief. Jason got a tree this year. I think he cut it down from a neighbor's yard down the street.

Jason said...

I did not! It's from two blocks away. They'll never know it was us.

Still. Might want to drop some cookies by or something.

Aidan said...

And they made me throw away the secret santa candy left on the porch.

Marc said...

Dude. It could be poison.

Aidan said...

I think I'd KNOW. Sheesh.

Jason said...

I think we should have a big solstice bonfire this year, a ritual on the beach. Naked dancing and all that.

Kaelin said...

Naked? You won't have to ask Aidan twice.

Aidan said...

Marenya, would you like to come to the Solstice bonfire? And no, Faldur, I won't be naked.

Jason said...

I think they'd rather hang out where they are, stealing kisses while chaperones look the other way.

Aidan said...

Oh. Well, can I come to your celebration then, Marenya? The one with your chaperones looking the other way?

Candy said...

What a surprise to find you all here! Dancing naked around a bonfire sounds fun - if kind of cold. Maybe Abigale's Ice festival would be more Christmassy though. Perhaps we'll get snow here on the farm and after milking the cows we'll open presents under the tree. A drink of pineapple juice accompanies this. After breakfast the house smells of cooking and then guests arrive with more gifts. There's food everywhere; mince tarts, huge wheels of cheese, mince pies, christmas cake and candied fruit.The fire crackles and everyone's laughing and joking around and I make sure all the animals get a special dinner too.If Uncle tom comes he gets drunk and Mum gets mad but I think it;s funny. I got tipsy once too but I won't go into that.

Anonymous said...

This will be my first Christmas since O.M. died. I had her for six years. They were the best years of my life.
Now I am trying to stay incognito on the road with a traveling New Orleans style bluesey band, but I have no idea what I'll do or where I'll go.

-the character, BK

Olivia Harper said...

Hey, BK, I'm from New Orleans - and I love bluesy bands!

Also, I'd like to echo Candy's sentiments - it's wonderful to find everyone here again! Feel free to stop by the island - we'll have a clothing-optional bonfire, too. Sounds fun!

Marley said...

I celebrate holidays.Such as christmas,the day that god was born, and other holidays.It gets very cold during this time of year.I bring the cheer by throwing a party and celebrating with my friends and family.


-Brenda G. (R1)

Mrs.Ramirez said...

I celebrate all the holidays whene they come i celebrate them with my family and all are freinds.Whene a holiday comes me and my family go and give things to the people that dont have a home,money,family to celebrate we love to help people who need help.Here some times is cold and some times is hot.But we allways have fun.

-jennifer a.(R1)

Valentina said...

In this time of year I celebrate the birth of baby jesus my aunt picks a pair of husband and wife of our family to dress him and lay him down and then when its time to sit him down on his chair and we celebrate the three kings and santa clause. were i live is not that cold in this time of year.The adults drink and then all of the family plays games and open presents then when its new years we do all the stuff mexicans do for new years. We think of our new years reloution.





~irene m.(R1)