Merry Xmas! Holidays In Space, Part I

It’s the morning of Christmas Eve, which means nothing except that about 12 hours from now the spirit of Christmas will reach fever pitch.

I love Christmas, although I’m not particularly religious. In fact, even though I am quite secular in my approach to life, I am not very fond of how Christmas has turned into nothing more than one big, fat gift exchange and personal debt generator. But that’s how it is, I suppose.

It did get me to thinking, though.  How would Christmas be celebrated — if at all — in a time of near-light-speed travel? When would Christmas be? When would our star travelers know to hang the Mistletoe (or whatever passes for it on a spaceship) and decorate the tree? And where would the turkey and ham come from for the dinner?

Are religious holidays such as Christmas even possible in that future?

And the gifts! I think the idea of “Black Friday” shopping binges would certainly and most thankfully be a relic of the earth-bound past.

Okay, complete disclosure is in order: I did buy myself a little something for Christmas. A really nice T-Shirt with the cover of A Wrinkle In Time on it. Seems somewhat ironic, but completely consistent, yes?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am looking forward to a productive, goal-oriented 2013!

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