Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It’s commercialisation has opened the festival to everyone as Sunny Hundal explains:
Christmas is perhaps the most widely celebrated festival in the world, even with non-Christians, because a bunch of commercialised non-religious rituals have sprung up around it.
Santa and his flying reindeer are part of the magic, as presents appear over night under the tree and in stockings.
Yet that tradition of Santa being the one delivering the presents is dying out according to a Pew poll.
From 72% to 31% telling children that Santa comes round with the presents Christmas Eve/Day. Massive change in how the celebration of Christmas is told.
Which is where the International Space Station, which will be visible in the UK at 5:22PM (weather permitting) comes in:
Festive flyover by the International Space Station could look a lot like Father Christmas and his sleigh, the Met Office suggests
It may be the perfect opportunity to show the little ones Santa on his way: a bright light zooming across the sky, just after nightfall on Christmas Eve. [Daily Telegraph]
It rather seems the perfect opportunity to fire little ones with the wonder of science. What they can see is a space port which over 200 people have visited. It’s weight is equivalent to 5,000 of me.
Not only that, but it is an orbital laboratory conducting a range of experiments and examining the universe. Even up there orbiting the earth an astronaut can tweet this photo.
In the night sky you see what humanity can do. Coming together we can reach for the stars.
That really is worth celebrating.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog