Christmas, December 25th, the purported birthday of a Jewish man named Jesus, some 2015 years ago. While the story of Jesus is filled with lies and exaggerations, and even the date is off by about 7 months, yet the man is remembered and the day devoted to his memory is celebrated over most of the planet. The reason is that his story is all about generosity and giving, a god-man who devoted his godhood to creating food from thin air, curing the poorest of their diseases and never asking anything for himself.
In a world where selfish interest is paramount, surely it is only gods who can be so generous, and to this day, those who want to be venerated by their fellow man commit acts of great generosity to do so, to be elevated, revered and remembered.
So at a time when Winter has just begun and the nights are the longest, coldest and darkest, we take one day to light a candle to those gods of our past, who brought us fire, light and warmth at our time of most need, and we show that we have within us some of the same generosity as the gods that we created.