Issue 50, December 13, 2015

Yuletide on the Southside!

Last night’s holiday gala was another outstanding SBMC event. This was our last major event of the year, and an opportunity for all of us to reflect on parts we played over the last 50 weeks.

If you weren’t there (and shame on you for missing a hellava good time), you missed out on some fantastic food, dancing, camaraderie, and ‘Cloud 9’.

I would like to thank our Club members who stepped up as sponsors: Angelo Volpe (CVSN), Matt Carlucci (State Farm Insurance), Steve DeSorbo (Coordinated Benefits Group), and Walter Smith (Vector Security).

I love the way ‘Yuletide on the Southside’ rolls off the tongue. To me, YULETIDE is a better reference to the holidays than saying: Seasons Greetings. The early Germanic people celebrated the mid-wintery season during a time that was called yuletide, a two-month period that spanned December and January.

With the rise of Christianity, the yule was condensed and adopted into the liturgical year under the Christian name Christmastide, which begins on Christmas day and lasts a total of twelve days-thus, the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Though our memory of the yule may be limited to logs, every time Santa is described as “jolly,” you can take comfort in the fact that “jolly” may have derived from the same Old Norse root that brought us yule.

Even if we no longer call it the “yule month,” the association we have with December and the holidays has not diminished. What better way to keep up our spirits as we face another Florida winter than the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus, and New Year’s Eve?

President’s note: Some of the information listed above has been paraphrased from my research on the internet, so I didn’t plagiarize and I didn’t make it up. Also, I wrote this message last week, so I am making the assumption that we all had a good time, and that the food was good. Cloud 9 is always fantastic, so I feel pretty confident about that statement.

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