Since I was sixteen, I have celebrated the Roman Holiday of Sol Invictus on December 25th.
I’m not here to tell you that you should, unless you want to. I’m just here to tell you that I do, and why.
It is a good holiday. It was not, historically speaking, as popular to the Romans as Christmas is to the modern world. But a good holiday nonetheless.
It is dedicated to the celebration of the continued life of the Sun. “Invictus,” in Latin, means “unconquered.” Today is the feast of the Unconquered Sun.
In the dead of winter, the Sun still shines.
In the depths of cold, the Sun still shines.
In the heart of the world’s darkness, the Sun still shines.
The Sun, despite all the powers working to put it out, remains unconquered.
There is cause for celebration there, and a lesson for us all. Two more of the Sun’s gifts.
Ave Sol Invictus, to all of you.