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« Topic Start: November 25, 2009, 11:39:23 am »

It's that time of year again, folks--time to discuss some holiday insomnia!

For those who don't know, a bunch of us stay up all night to celebrate the longest night of the year (the winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere--and we use the Cauldron as a touchstone for the evening, checking in during the long night, sharing our observations/thoughts/hallucinations, and encouraging each other to stay awake! (Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are welcome too, to give us a taste of your summer solstice warmth)

Participation will be tough this year, since the solstice falls on a weekday--meaning that many will have to work the following day, making a true all-night fest impossible for them (unless they plan to call in sick the next day, like me!)...but that doesn't mean that folks can't pop in and out anyway, for the time they are awake. Heck, that's the way it's worked out anyway for many participants in the past when we've done this.

I'm proposing we do this on the night beginning Monday, Dec. 21, and ending the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 22 (which by my reckoning is the actual longest night). What do you guys think? Who's up for this? And should we have a theme? Any other ideas?
 
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« Reply #1: November 25, 2009, 11:44:05 am »

It's that time of year again, folks--time to discuss some holiday insomnia!

For those who don't know, a bunch of us stay up all night to celebrate the longest night of the year (the winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere--and we use the Cauldron as a touchstone for the evening, checking in during the long night, sharing our observations/thoughts/hallucinations, and encouraging each other to stay awake! (Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are welcome too, to give us a taste of your summer solstice warmth)

Participation will be tough this year, since the solstice falls on a weekday--meaning that many will have to work the following day, making a true all-night fest impossible for them (unless they plan to call in sick the next day, like me!)...but that doesn't mean that folks can't pop in and out anyway, for the time they are awake. Heck, that's the way it's worked out anyway for many participants in the past when we've done this.

I'm proposing we do this on the night beginning Monday, Dec. 21, and ending the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 22 (which by my reckoning is the actual longest night). What do you guys think? Who's up for this? And should we have a theme? Any other ideas?
 

I actually was thinking about posting this when I saw you did Cheesy

You know me, perpetual creature of the night so of course I will be around for at least part of the vigil.  The winter solstice has no religious significance to me but who am I to pass up a TC party?  Plus at least one staff member needs to be around to make sure things don't get too....sorry I can't finish that without bursting out in laughter Cheesy
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« Reply #2: November 25, 2009, 02:01:16 pm »

I actually was thinking about posting this when I saw you did Cheesy

You know me, perpetual creature of the night so of course I will be around for at least part of the vigil.  The winter solstice has no religious significance to me but who am I to pass up a TC party?  Plus at least one staff member needs to be around to make sure things don't get too....sorry I can't finish that without bursting out in laughter Cheesy

given im due wfh the next day, and can shift my hours up to suit if i have to I'll be around the early part of the UK night at least.

unless something else happens, but thats unlikely.

count me as a staff memebr who can even figure out what could possibly be to... for this place.
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« Reply #3: November 25, 2009, 02:31:42 pm »

given im due wfh the next day, and can shift my hours up to suit if i have to I'll be around the early part of the UK night at least.

I'll be in Egypt from the 13th to the 28th, but I will be with everyone in spirit (I'll have to see if I can find some Pagans over there and celebrate-if not, I'll have a ritual on my own at the sea shore).
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« Reply #4: November 25, 2009, 02:50:23 pm »

It's that time of year again, folks--time to discuss some holiday insomnia!



I had a blast last year, so of course I'm up for it!  And, being a stay at home mom, I can just put the kiddies down for an early nap the next day.

Chocolate cake in a mug, anyone? Smiley
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« Reply #5: November 25, 2009, 03:01:25 pm »

It's that time of year again, folks--time to discuss some holiday insomnia!

Like past years, this is an "official TC event" and Chris (Altair) is "in charge".
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« Reply #6: November 25, 2009, 03:32:36 pm »

I'll be in Egypt from the 13th to the 28th


How cool is that! Sounds like a great adventure.

If you happen to get any Internet access on the 21st, drop by the "Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2009" thread and tell us all about the trip, so we can live vicariously. Tales from Egypt should definitely help keep us awake
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« Reply #7: November 25, 2009, 03:59:06 pm »

Chocolate cake in a mug, anyone? Smiley

Which gives me an idea: Last year, our unofficial non-theme was storytelling around our cybercampfire. ("non-theme" because the thread is very free form, and folks participate in whatever way they like: updates, photos/artwork [within the board's specified limits, of course], poems, links to music, general musings, sleep-deprived ramblings...)

This year, how about a "non-theme" of the cyberfeast we'll share in the course of the night? (Since so many Cauldron threads devolve to food talk anyway.) In other words: RECIPES! After all, we'll have many hours of darkness in which to put them to the test.

If Folksymama's aforementioned and Cauldron-famous chocolate cake in a mug recipe, which she generously shared with us during last year's "Up All Night" celebration, is any indication, we should get some great stuff to fatten us up!
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« Reply #8: November 25, 2009, 04:09:23 pm »

Which gives me an idea: Last year, our unofficial non-theme was storytelling around our cybercampfire. ("non-theme" because the thread is very free form, and folks participate in whatever way they like: updates, photos/artwork [within the board's specified limits, of course], poems, links to music, general musings, sleep-deprived ramblings...)

This year, how about a "non-theme" of the cyberfeast we'll share in the course of the night? (Since so many Cauldron threads devolve to food talk anyway.) In other words: RECIPES! After all, we'll have many hours of darkness in which to put them to the test.

If Folksymama's aforementioned and Cauldron-famous chocolate cake in a mug recipe, which she generously shared with us during last year's "Up All Night" celebration, is any indication, we should get some great stuff to fatten us up!

Sounds great!  I loved trying all the cake in a mug variations we came up with!  And baking (and eating) certainly does make the time go faster!
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« Reply #9: November 25, 2009, 06:46:06 pm »

It's that time of year again, folks--time to discuss some holiday insomnia!

So far as I can see, I'm free that night. Count me in. Smiley
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« Reply #10: November 25, 2009, 06:48:30 pm »

I'm proposing we do this on the night beginning Monday, Dec. 21, and ending the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 22 (which by my reckoning is the actual longest night). What do you guys think? Who's up for this? And should we have a theme? Any other ideas?
I'm in, of course!  At that point in the week, I'm usually on a more day-oriented schedule (yes, I keep weird hours), so I'll either not be around for the whole thing, or will arrange things differently that week - I'd prefer the latter, since I really value this event, but I'll have to see what works best.

I like the non-theme of "recipes" - it seems very appropriate.

I'll note that this will be the third consecutive year we've done this, so (by my reckoning) this is when it'll become properly a Tradition.  Yay!

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« Reply #11: November 25, 2009, 07:50:44 pm »


I'm in, at least for the first part of the evening and the dawn.  I usually need to grab a few hours of sleep to function the next day.

I love the recipe idea.

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« Reply #12: November 26, 2009, 03:07:10 am »

This year, how about a "non-theme" of the cyberfeast we'll share in the course of the night? (Since so many Cauldron threads devolve to food talk anyway.) In other words: RECIPES! After all, we'll have many hours of darkness in which to put them to the test.

Good idea! I'll give Steve some ideas and he can post them for me-if I can get to a PC then I will definately be here, but if not I'll take loads of pictures and post them on here when I get back  Wink
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« Reply #13: November 26, 2009, 09:28:57 am »


I'm proposing we do this on the night beginning Monday, Dec. 21, and ending the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 22 (which by my reckoning is the actual longest night). What do you guys think? Who's up for this? And should we have a theme? Any other ideas?
 

Well I'm off work for all of Yule, but I haven't decided what I'm going to be doing.  Depends if I can find a virgin to sacrifice (do you know how hard it is to find a virgin in todays economy?)  I'll also be looking for kittens to BBQ.  If none of those pan out then maybe...
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« Reply #14: November 26, 2009, 11:56:38 pm »

Well I'm off work for all of Yule, but I haven't decided what I'm going to be doing.  Depends if I can find a virgin to sacrifice (do you know how hard it is to find a virgin in todays economy?)  I'll also be looking for kittens to BBQ.  If none of those pan out then maybe...

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