December 21st. – Thomas the Apostle Day

December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, meteorological Winter starts on December 21. In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological Summer starts on this date.

Thomas the Apostle, also called Doubting Thomas or Didymus (meaning “Twin,” as does “Thomas” in Aramaic) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it, then proclaiming “My Lord and my God” on seeing Jesus inJohn 20:28. Traditionally he is said to have traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel travelling as far as India

The Incredulity of St Thomas” by Caravaggio
Apostle
Born 1st century AD
Galilee
Died 21 December 72
Mylapore (modern day India[1][2]
Honored in Assyrian Church of the East
Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Churches
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
Respected and honored in ProtestantChurches

Holidays and observances

2012 phenomenon – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur around 21 December2012.[1][2][3][4][5][6] This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.[7] Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none has been accepted by mainstream scholarship.

The Real 2012 Prophecy: Mayans, Nostradamus, and Planet X, Oh My!1

Yes, there will be earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and droughts in 2012, just as there are in every year.

My 2012 prediction is that scammers will make a lot of money off gullible astute people.

Today is also Ember Day:

 In the liturgical calendar of the Western Christian churchesEmber days are four separate sets of three days within the same week — specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that were formerly set aside for fasting and prayer. These days set apart for special prayer and fasting were considered especially suitable for the ordination of clergy. The Ember Days are known in Latin as the quattuor anni tempora (the “four seasons of the year”), or formerly as the jejunia quattuor temporum (“fasts of the four seasons”).

Oh, Yes, today is also Winter Solstice: 

The winter solstice is the solstice that occurs in winter. It is the time at which the Sun is appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. [2] In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice, the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year.[3]

In the Southern Hemisphere this is the Northern solstice, the time at which the Sun is at its northernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on June 20 to 21 each year.[4]

 Folktale of Father Christmas riding a yule goat.
 In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological Summer starts on this date.
 For all you who thought that today was doomsday, when you wake up in the morning, same hangover, same world, you still have to get ready for Christmas, get all the presents,  pay your bills, wash and clean,
but all this work, is still better than the alternative.
In the old Nordic customs, the brew for the season should be ready and put in the barrels by now, and this date is a good day to get around and taste. One would also wish for a dry day with high air pressure and a raising moon, that would help the yeast to rise, and make the baking much easier.

Have a Nice Christmas Season, no worries,

and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year !

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