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    Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition

    "Up All Night" 2016 is coming!

    The night straddling Tuesday, December 20/Wednesday, December 21 marks the 2016 solstice: the summer solstice (longest day of the year) in the southern hemisphere, and the winter solstice (longest night of the year) in the north. At the Cauldron we have a habit of celebrating the December solstice with a cyber party that starts at sunset (wherever you are) and ends at sunrise (wherever you are), during which time we “gather” electronically in this space--posting anything and everything (but still within forum rules, of course) in a special Up All Night thread that opens on the solstice, and talking relentlessly to help each other stay up all night—or simply for as long as one wants to stay awake and participate. Northern hemisphere or south, pagan or not, staying up all night long or just dropping in while you’re awake…it doesn’t matter, because everyone is welcome at Up All Night: A Technopagan Solstice Celebration!

    The festivities will begin at sunset on Tuesday evening, December 20. We have a non-theme each year—an idea that can serve as an inspiration/organizing thought for posts, but that can be completely ignored (which is why we call it a “non-theme”). This year’s non-theme is:

    Making it through the dark times

    (Seasonal, political, personal,…interpret that as you will, or turn a blind eye to the non-theme and post/chat about whatever you want)

    So let's use this space to start warming up: Who's going to join in on the fun this year? And (regardless of whether or not you plan to pull the full all-nighter) what are your top suggestions for staying awake?

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    So let's use this space to start warming up: Who's going to join in on the fun this year? And (regardless of whether or not you plan to pull the full all-nighter) what are your top suggestions for staying awake?
    I love this idea! I'm all in.

    I've done lots of all-nighters (voluntarily, and not-so-voluntarily) and I'm actually not big on caffeine for keeping myself awake. Helping to wake up, and a little extra pep, sure. But otherwise, I just get tired and jittery.

    I'll sip on tea if I have to be up late working, but I'll usually also set up at my kitchen table which is a not-sleepy space and put on some music I want to sing and dance to.

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by AsraiDouglas View Post
    I love this idea! I'm all in.

    I've done lots of all-nighters (voluntarily, and not-so-voluntarily) and I'm actually not big on caffeine for keeping myself awake. Helping to wake up, and a little extra pep, sure. But otherwise, I just get tired and jittery.

    I'll sip on tea if I have to be up late working, but I'll usually also set up at my kitchen table which is a not-sleepy space and put on some music I want to sing and dance to.
    Excellent, Asrai! Looking forward to having you join the party.

    I second "music to sing and dance to." If it's something I know the lyrics to and love to sing along with, that is even better than having food to chew in keeping me awake.

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post

    So let's use this space to start warming up: Who's going to join in on the fun this year? And (regardless of whether or not you plan to pull the full all-nighter) what are your top suggestions for staying awake?
    Although lack of sleep is a Bad Idea for me health-wise, I'm glad to see this TC tradition continue! I'll likely drop in in the evening to see what's happening.

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Who's going to join in on the fun this year?
    I'm in, as always!

    I'll note that, as well as this thread, there are usually people in TC MUX Chat - it's a good time to check out the MUX as a guest; or if you've been thinking about getting a MUX account but haven't got around to it, making sure you do so before UAN is a good incentive.

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    So let's use this space to start warming up: Who's going to join in on the fun this year? And (regardless of whether or not you plan to pull the full all-nighter) what are your top suggestions for staying awake?
    I'm always in! (The year it doubled as a certain book launch party was particularly good. )

    As usual, I'm not going to stay up all night, especially as, for the first time in several years, the day after is not a holiday for me. On the bright side, I'll be sure not to oversleep and miss the sunrise, as that would mean missing my bus as well!

    I've found that, unless there's a full-on party going, there's no staying alert all through the night. After 3am, everyone flags. It's better to schedule 30-minute catnaps in between activities, rather than try to push through. Pushing through tends to involve too much food and/or caffeine, both of which are likely to be regretted the day after. A 'taking turns keeping watch' can work particularly well if you're not alone.
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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by Chatelaine View Post
    I'm always in! (The year it doubled as a certain book launch party was particularly good. )
    Wasn't that just fantabulous?

    Glad to hear you guys will be with us again, Chatelaine and Sefiru! And Sunflower, I know that should there ever come a time when I'm unable to fulfill my UAN duties, you'd step in to organize it in my stead. So we're in good hands.
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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

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    Wasn't that just fantabulous?

    Glad to hear you guys will be with us again, Chatelaine and Sefiru! And Sunflower, I know that should there ever come a time when I'm unable to fulfill my UAN duties, you'd step in to organize it in my stead. So we're in good hands.
    I love the topic, seems fitting for 2016. I will be chiming in here and there, as my son wakes up several times a night. Glad to see the tradition continue!

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    "Up All Night" 2016 is coming!

    The night straddling Tuesday, December 20/Wednesday, December 21 marks the 2016 solstice: the summer solstice (longest day of the year) in the southern hemisphere, and the winter solstice (longest night of the year) in the north. At the Cauldron we have a habit of celebrating the December solstice with a cyber party that starts at sunset (wherever you are) and ends at sunrise (wherever you are), during which time we “gather” electronically in this space--posting anything and everything (but still within forum rules, of course) in a special Up All Night thread that opens on the solstice, and talking relentlessly to help each other stay up all night—or simply for as long as one wants to stay awake and participate. Northern hemisphere or south, pagan or not, staying up all night long or just dropping in while you’re awake…it doesn’t matter, because everyone is welcome at Up All Night: A Technopagan Solstice Celebration!

    The festivities will begin at sunset on Tuesday evening, December 20. We have a non-theme each year—an idea that can serve as an inspiration/organizing thought for posts, but that can be completely ignored (which is why we call it a “non-theme”). This year’s non-theme is:

    Making it through the dark times

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    So let's use this space to start warming up: Who's going to join in on the fun this year? And (regardless of whether or not you plan to pull the full all-nighter) what are your top suggestions for staying awake?
    I'll be there. I've not been before, but it will be fun.

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    Re: Coming Soon: A Cauldron Holiday Tradition...

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    I'll be there. I've not been before, but it will be fun.
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