midweek music: merry happy!

The winter solstice has historically been a time for celebrating, as it’s when the sun renews itself: the days get longer, and the sun is metaphorically reborn. It’s why the calendar flips at this time of year, and why so many faiths celebrate the solstice in some form or other, in many cases, later religions adapting existing solstice celebrations for their own purpose. Yule, Christmas, Chanukkah, the new year, whatever — all celebrating the sun’s renewal. (EDITED TO ADD: as pointed out by Marina in the comments, Chanukkah isn’t really a solstice celebration, but rather a celebration of an event that happened to occur in winter, which has received outsized attention due to its proximity to the solstice in general and Christmas in particular.)

On this day, which Christians adopted as Christmas in order to more easily market their religion to peoples of other faiths who already celebrated this time of year, here are a few of my favorite songs that celebrate the holiday:

3 thoughts on “midweek music: merry happy!

  1. *ahem* Hannukah is not a solstice celebration. It commemorates a specific historical event — the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt in 165 BCE — that happened to take place in winter.

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