By Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
We begin a new year with this issue of IMprint. We are still looking for members to help judge
the essays submitted from northern New Jersey as part of the Mensa scholarship applications.
The judging will be on January 26th. Contact Nisha Zoeller, scholarship chair, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 541-4881. Consider contributing to our own Wendy Sailer
Scholarship and send a check to our treasurer, Bill Holzmann.
In the category of "the little known and less cared about," I would like to share with you an
email I received from a friend, Ron Bowers:
Christmas on Dec 25 (Julian Calendar) was an attempt to use religion to overwhelm the
continuation of the pagan rituals and sexual and alcohol excesses of the Winter Solstice
days and the lengthening of days that followed - a day of new birth. The prior custom treated
the 6th of January as covering all of Jesus' life from birth to baptism as the "Epiphany" = "arrival"
or "coming forth".
But the overwhelming of partying did not happen. The reason for the parties
merely changed names. Christmas became as much of a hedonistic event as the pagan event
The Puritans banned it when they gained control over the British Parliament and the
religion dominated Massachusetts also banned it. It did not entirely turn religious and there
were still Christmas parties. Those bans disappeared as people demanded that government
stop imposing religion.
In December 2005, I was in China, and I was surprised and impressed by all the Christmas
decorations and celebrating taking place in this predominately atheist country.