Lol, I think part of the goal is to create an event where families can get together and go outside to look at all the pretty lights, give them a reason to go outside, create memories, and become active at such a sediment time of year.That was a year ago. My new opinion is that I don't like Christmas lights. They're a huge waste of energy, especially since everyone stays inside glued to their phones anyway. Bah humbug.
I couldn't agree with you more. Christmas has always bothered me with how commercial it is and I would be super excited if it changed into something different. I'm not a strongly religious follower so I'm not set on its religious attributes but rather the good will and family social activities that come along with it. It's such a happy time of year at such a dreary time of the season (sorry Australia, we need it to be at this time of year over here, but since you get all the cool animals were taking this one!) There are many others who do follow it for the religious reasons though so there may be some opposition with making this change. :/@pjones: I "liked" your comment because I basically don't strongly disagree with any of it (except that last part about S.A.D. -- highly speculative!) ...but still I say BAH HUMBUG. Glad "the Holidays" are finally over.
Scholars seem to agree Jesus was probably born in July. The whole Santa Claus/decorated conifer trees thing is adapted from pre-Christian Germanic lore. If we need a cozy twinkly wintertime solstice holiday I think we could make up a better one that doesn't waste so many resources and isn't so easy for commercialization to pervert/ruin. The best part of Christmas is how charitable people become, so what if there was a winter holiday that was purely about that?
Besides that, what I'd like to see is a holiday where people try to use as little gas/electricity as they can for some period of time. And minimize light pollution too -- that way during the holiday people could go outside at night and look up and see the Milky Way.