Day Numbering Debate

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Regarding complaints that Solstmas day-numbering could shift around:

on Dec 5, 2007, Jon Hanna commented:

The fact that the numbered days of Solstmas shift dependant on assorted permutations of Solstmas J (Oy Solstmas!) isn't a problem unique to Solstmas. The numbered date of many other holidays--such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Hindu New Year, (and that trouble-maker Hanukkah)--switch and no one gets their panties in a bunch. Hell, considering that some Muslims still take the date of the evening of the first ACTUAL sighting of the crescent of the new moon as the first of the month, this means that if a cloud obscures the moon a month may be extended. Stormy weather could cause one Mussulman to count a different numbered day in a month than someone living under clear skies would count. Solstmas could be much worse off than it is.

I did point out last year on the wiki that the numbered dates as shown on the page don't apply during da schlep, and I amended that notation earlier this year to make it clear that 2008 was such a case.

Next year it all goes back to the tidy "regular" numbering scheme. Then 2009 and 2010 schlep, 2011 no, 2012 schleps (and really, after Solstmas 13 in 2012, we don't have to worry about any of it any more, right?), 2013 is a SUPER-schlepper, 2014 no, 2015 yes, 2016 no, 2017 yes, 2018 yes, 2019 no... wanted to know for the next 25 years?

2020 yes, 2021 yes, 2022 no, 2023 yes, 2024 no, 2025 yes, 2026 yes, 2027 no, 2028 yes, 2029 yes, 2030 no, 2031 yes, 2032 yes.

That makes 16 shleppers in 25 years = a 64% schlep quotient. It is, perhaps, predictable that more of them would schlep than not, what with the determining factor being a Jewish holiday and all, heh...

Spooky coincidence that the Mayans end the 13th of their long-count cycles on Solstmas 13.

In any case, a fabulous Solstmas to all. :-)

-- Jon

December 5 2007

Stu wrote:

Honestly, I'd be happy with any choice.

Or even the esoteric choice that all days between the traditional start of Solstmas and the start of the schlepping Solstmas be numbered in Hebrew or Aramaic. In reverse.

So Solstmas 1 is always December 17, Solstmas 9 is always Christmas. If Solstmas starts before December 17, December 16 is Solstmas Aleph, December 15 is Solstmas Bet, and so on.

So, for example, this year :

Nov 22 : Solstmas Prolegomena
Nov 23 : Solstmas Hydrogen
Nov 24 : Solstmas Helium
Nov 25 : Solstmas Lithium
Nov 26 : Solstmas Beryllium
Nov 27 : Solstmas Boron
Nov 28 : Solstmas Carbon
Nov 29 : Solstmas Nitrogen
Nov 30 : Solstmas Oxygen
Nov 31 : Solstmas Fluorine
Nov 1 : Solstmas Neon
Nov 2 : Solstmas Sodium
Nov 3 : Solstmas Magnesium
Nov 4 : Solstmas Aluminium
Dec 5 : Solstmas Lamed
Dec 6 :Solstmas Khaf
Dec 7 :Solstmas Yod
Dec 8 :Solstmas Tes
Dec 9 :Solstmas Khet
Dec 10 :Solstmas Zayin
Dec 11 :Solstmas Vov
Dec 12 :Solstmas Hay
Dec 13 :Solstmas Dalet
Dec 14 :Solstmas Gimel
Dec 15 :Solstmas Bet
Dec 16 :Solstmas Aleph
Dec 17 : Solstmas 1
Dec 18 : Solstmas 2

So the first days of Solstmas, every day can be a small gift involving the named element! Plus little lessons about valence shells, conversations about the collapse of wave equations, and cute little mascots introducing QM!

And then we're into the mystery days! Go traditional and talk about the Old Testament! Go Kabbalistic, and discuss the Sephira! Hey, it's *your* Days Of Squiggly Letters! (Teaching the kids Hebrew calligraphy would be quite pretty!) Gifts of money are popular during Schlepping Solstmas!

Finally, we're into Arabic numerals, but in a Roman font. Elegant. Clean. Modern and yet traditional.

I can smell the plum pudding curing!