Photographer's Note

The period between the first week in December and the first week in January could well be called the "dark days" for the mid-northern latitudes. The day with the least amount of daylight is the winter solstice which occurs during the coldest season of the year. Although winter was regarded as the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the coming of lighter days brought on a more festive mood. Many cultures have long celebrated this turning point, in ancient Rome the winter solstice was celebrated at the Feast of Saturnalia, while the feast of Juul or Yule was celebrated in pre-Christian Scandinavia.

Today we celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th. Since the date of Christ's actual birth had not been recorded, a strong theory suggests that this date was chosen by the church because it aligned closely with the a.m. major pagan festivals, thus allowing the church to claim a new celebration for Christianity.

The photo was taken at a Christmas market which took place at Saxtorf Manor House near Eckernförde a week ago. These fairs, which date back to the 14th century, originally provided food for the cold winter season, but soon the markets became a beloved tradition to get into a Christmas mood.

I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all TE members and your families. For those of you who do not celebrate Christmas, may I wish you and your families a “Happy End of December”!

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2011-12-11
  • Categories: Cérémonies
  • Exposition: f/2.8, 1/30 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2011-12-19 4:23
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