But wouldn't I be right in thinking that until relatively recently (at least in archaeological terms) in Europe, the new year wasn't celebrated until March i.e at the end of winter.
So no-one would have put together the conjunction of mid-winter festival and New Year in pre-Christian times.
--- On Sun, 21/12/08, Orion <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Orion <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Sunday, 21 December, 2008, 2:55 PM
Let's hope that what everyone wants is, "Peace on Earth and Good Will
Towards men (and women).
"At 11:42 AM 12/21/2008 +0000, you wrote:
>Do we know what the 'message', if any, of the pre-Christian
>Perhaps a simple "Let's get through this cold, dark period asap,
at least the
>days will now get longer".
>Or maybe it really was "May the next year bring everything that you