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Chasing away the dark

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Long before Christmas was celebrated we marked midwinter festivals such as Yule and the feast of Mithras by lighting fires and candles to chase away the dark. It's a fundamental part of us, raising our spirits at the darkest time of the year. So as you switch on the Christmas lights this year you'll be continuing a tradition that goes back many thousands of years. How cool is that?

Merry Christmas.

Posted by harimanjaro

20th Dec 2008, 08:49   | tags:,,

mara says:

Merry Christmas and a bright new year!

20th Dec 2008, 09:17

OCD Sprocket says:

I wonder if they had the equivalent of Morecambe and Wise thousands of years ago too????

Have a magical Christmas. :-))

20th Dec 2008, 10:41

minkey says:

Joyeux Noel, Lumiere et chaleur :-)

20th Dec 2008, 12:52

factotum says:

and it's working! We're making the days get longer again.
Happy midwinter everyone!

20th Dec 2008, 13:16

PrincessJun says:

What a lovely thought. Yuletide greetings to you and yours!

20th Dec 2008, 13:34

nice one hari, merry christmas to you!

20th Dec 2008, 14:54

Viv says:

Have a great christmas in your new home

20th Dec 2008, 18:56

nige says:

Lovely sentiment Hari.

21st Dec 2008, 00:51

Dhamaka says:

lovely image and words - all the best of Christmas to you and yours too

21st Dec 2008, 21:05

leejordan says:

Very cool!

22nd Dec 2008, 12:18

MaggieD says:

Such a lovely pic, and yes, let the light chase away any of those winter blues :)

22nd Dec 2008, 17:20

Spiderbaby says:

Great shot. It's doing the trick alright too :)

22nd Dec 2008, 17:50

jc1000000 says:

It's very cool to see off the dark. The photo could be the one street lamp in Narnia in my mind.

Merry Christmas Hari!

23rd Dec 2008, 10:58

JokerXL says:

Darkness begone!!

23rd Dec 2008, 19:45

queserasara says:

Merry Christmas Hari - enjoy your new home. QSSx

24th Dec 2008, 11:12