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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Authentic fake holidays.

Christmas not your thing? Did you somehow miss Hanukkah this year? Maybe you need to try one of the nouveau holidays like Chrismukkah, HumanLight, or Festivus.

Depending on where you live (and whether you are "a bright"), you may still have time to celebrate HumanLight: "HumanLight presents an alternative reason to celebrate: a Humanist's vision of a good future." Today, for example, there's a five-hour celebration in the Parsippany, New Jersey, Hilton Hotel, and in Phoenix, Arizona, Humanists are offering a $12 brunch buffet, auction, and rummage sale!

Meanwhile, if highmindedness isn't what you require of a winter holiday, Chrismukkah not only is this year's media darling but has the best product tie-ins.

If you'd prefer airing grievances and feats of strength, there's Festivus: Allen Salkin writes in the New York Times that the fictional Constanza family's made-up holiday — "A Festivus for the rest of us" — is being celebrated by a growing number of people seven years after its debut on "Seinfeld." Even more, the fictional holiday is based on an actual ersatz holiday invented back in 1966 by the father of one of the TV show's writers!

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 19 December 2004 at 10:33 AM

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4 comments:

Matthew Gatheringwater:

December 20, 2004 07:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm ready for an alternative! Last night, I participated in a troubling service that featured a menorah and Christmas tree on a makeshift altar while we sang about the coming of the messiah. Circumcision being my only possible qualification to read to the congregation from the Hebrew scriptures, it was probably not surprising that a woman would tell me after the service, "It is MACabee, not MacAbby. He was Jewish, not Scottish." Oh well, I'll know better next Chrismukkah!

Philocrites:

December 22, 2004 09:37 AM | Permalink for this comment

Douglas LeBlanc at GetReligion picks up my mention of HumanLight and has a lot more about the Humanist holiday.

Philocrites:

December 23, 2004 04:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

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Lynn Gazis-Sax:

December 24, 2004 08:26 PM | Permalink for this comment

I did housecleaning, back in the 1970s, for a family that celebrated Festivus. I had no idea anyone beyond this one family had that celebration.



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