THIS IS IT! THIS IS THE PARTY POST!
Well, here we are! 21st December 2012. Welcome to my Mansion, and welcome to my Blog Party! Feel free to join in with the comments and chat away with other bloggers! Help yourself to nibbles and drinks, and hopefully others will be along soon!
I recently ran a poll to try to help me to decide how to decorate the blog for the party, depending on the theme that got the most votes. December 21st was the theme that got the most votes, so that is the theme of the party. Well, it couldn’t really be anything else could it?
Why today? Why not!
There is a lot going on today. The Mayan Calendar reaches the end of its latest Long Count, a complex calendar system that baffles me completely. Apparently, the number 13 is used quite a lot, and the end of this cycle marks the beginning of the thirteenth cycle, which the Mayans would have considered a time of great change. A time that they would have whole-heartedly celebrated.
The end of this Long Count has become twisted over the years, with doomsayers calling it the end of the world. I’ve played along with this for the past few weeks, and have been advertising this blog party as an End of the World celebration. Well, if the world was coming to an abrupt end, we can’t do anything about it anyway. Push those thoughts to one side and celebrate anyway!
Celebrate as though it’s New Year… which it kind of would have been to those ancient Mayans. I suppose it would have been like one of their Millennia. Remember that party a few years ago? I do…ish…!
Today also marks the Winter Solstice, at 11:11. The time that the days will start to get longer again (here in the north anyway!). Celebrate mid-Winter, and bring in an early Spring! And hopefully a dry, sunny Summer!
That last few paragraphs cover three of the themes I am holding this party for: the end of the world, as some believe the end of the calendar is the end of time (let that thought go, I tell you!); new beginnings, as, like at New Year, things can start again (and with this being a time of great change new beginnings fits in very nicely); and spectacular solstice, simply to celebrate solstice day.
The other theme was completely different, but still connected on a Universal level: Yay! Betelgeuse survived for another year! The star Betelgeuse, in the Orion constellation, is due to go supernova sometime in the next million years or so… no definite timescale, but hey ho! The party is to celebrate the fact that that didn’t happen this year! Yay!
But the main theme of the party is December 21st.
The main point of the party is connections. Use the comments to this post to add links to your favourite posts on your blog, or on blogs you visit.
A side part (I’m not going to talk about hair in this post!) is for links to posts created using a few ‘themes’ I have been suggesting over the last few weeks. Just for a bit of fun, the themes were ‘the fun side to a bad hair day’ (OK, I’ll mention it briefly); ‘dashing through the snow’; and ‘the passing of time’. A final theme, ‘new’ I’ve added to the list today. If you’ve time, and would like to participate in these writing challenges, just write a post using one or all of the themes on your blog, and link to it using the comments to this post. Not that you have to, of course! No pressure!
Hopefully, we’ll meet some new bloggers, have fun, and celebrate December 21st in style!
Please comment if you so wish, even if you haven’t commented here before. We’re all a friendly bunch of people who frequent this Mansion of the Mind of mine… if you get the message advising your comment requires moderating (or whatever it says) it may be because I’m in the bathroom – I tend to be there quite a lot (have a read of some of my earlier posts to find out what I mean!) but fear not… I shall be along and allow you in in no time!
If you can, add a link to a favourite post on a friend’s blog. Or more than one, but you may find yourself getting the same moderator message as before due to multiple links in the same comment (I’m still learning WordPress and that’s one of the things I need to work on!).
Also, if you’ve created your own post based on one of my fine suggestions above, add a link to that here as well!
And, obviously, visit other commenter’s blogs as well.
Connections and new beginnings. On the day of the solstice, December 21st 2012. A mighty fine combination in anyone’s eyes. Read, post, have fun, and celebrate the day in style.
Welcome to my blog.
Contrary to what it says in the title, it isn’t all about Me! Me! Me me me! Some of it is, obviously, but not all. It’s about feeling good. And we can feel good by celebrating.
So go on… celebrate! I’ve started already!
And remember… FEEL GOOD now!
Still here! Hope you’re having a good day.
Just wandering around Blogland, as you do, and have come across these fabulous posts:
Fiona at Me, Mine and Other Bits has posted I Feel Fine, and some great music!
Tinman, at Worth Doing Badly, has posted They Think It’s All Over, which provides some insightful clues at to what really happened when the Mayan calendar was created.
Elaine at I Used To Be Indecisive has posted Well I’m Still Here Then which includes a couple of fun cartoons to celebrate today.
Tilly Bud at The Laughing Housewife has added some further music in her post So Long, and Thanks for all the Hits.
And, slightly outside of the Blogosphere, Google are celebrating the end of the calendar with a special doodle:
Still here. And here’s the proof:
Still here at 11:16 too! Yay! Celebrate!
Update at 19:00 (give or take a minute or few!)
Diane Henders has posted End Of The World, and she has also taken up my little writing challenges! I had a good laugh with her interpretation of bad hair!
Sue Dreamwalker has written of New Beginnings in her post today.
Nancy at Spirit Lights The Way has posted A Not-So-Commercial Commercial on her blog today. It’s a wonderful world! Nancy has also posted, in the comments, a link to her fabulous scone recipe in her post Holiday Tea Party.
Frank at A Frank Angle has celebrated today with his normal routine, with one of his Opinions in the Shorts posts. Frank is also throwing a Festive blog party beginning on Christmas Eve… and he invites all of the readers of my blog to attend. Go and pay him a visit over the Christmas period if you have time!
Reports are filtering through that… YES! It has been confirmed by Jo Bryant in New Zealand that December 22nd has arrived! We were right all along, and WE SURVIVED THE END OF THE WORLD! Now, do we need another reason to celebrate? Of course not… but celebrate anyway! Jo is a really good photographer with a ‘thing’ for a couple of supernatural boys… Jo’s latest post is rather a surprise, so go and have a look using this discreet link… and prepare to be surprised! But be warned…!