Sometimes I wonder if this isn't the oldest holiday in human history. For ancient societies- particularly in the cold, dark north- the rebirth of the Sun must have been an incredible epiphany. Which may be why the most resonant Christmas memes are still about evergreens and snow and lights in the darkness and all of the rest of it- even in much balmier climates.
Speaking of which, here's one of the most enduring tunes from the rash of Christmas specials produced in the 1960s & 70s. The eternal war of light and dark, heat and cold all done to a Vaudevillian Dixieland beat. Classic stuff. Designs by the great Paul Coker Jr., one of my biggest cartooning influences. This is from The Year Without a
I wonder how the future colonists will commemorate the Winter Solstice on Mars. It may well be the closest analogue to the ancient northern cultures that the future will see. It will be interesting if and how they choose to celebrate when the elements show them a little mercy.