Write at least 2 paragraphs describing the true meaning of Christmas.
Way back when in human history, it became obvious right away (at least in areas above the tropics) that winter was a dangerous time. Animals either migrated or hid away, water froze, and of course, the temperature dropped. Eventually, they came to learn that, not only did this occur every year, but they could reliably keep track of when it would happen again through the use of astronomy and primitive time-keeping. Thus, they could be prepared for winter when it came.
As a side effect, they also learned that December 21st had the shortest day of the year, lasting only 9 hours and some change. Thus, they discovered the Winter Solstice, and so, it became a popular time for people to gather together, feast, make merry, thank the gods that they've survived the cold period so far, and pray for continued success. The celebration was a time to appreciate your neighbors and revel in the simple act of togetherness with a home-cooked meal.
Then the Romans and Christians came along and *eff*ed it all up.
The only problem is the Earth's Southern hemisphere has summer.
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