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Festivus & More: Non-Christmas TV Holidays For The Rest Of Us
For those of us who don't partake in the Christmas festivities, there are still many great ways to celebrate the winter holidays. And obviously, since there are also many television characters who are also on the outside looking in when it comes to Santa, stockings and trees, not to mention the whole birth of Jesus thing, the small screen offers plenty of plot lines that don't involve chestnuts roasting on an open fire and celebrate, well, a wide range of festivities. From other religious occasions to some made-up favorites (or even modifications), here are six examples that show how to have a great holiday while your Christian friends rub all their cheer in your face. And why mess around? We might as well start with what I think is now the most famous TV alternative to Christmas…
Yes, yes, it's for the rest of us. No need to yell! I won't bore you with the details of how Seinfeld's alternative to Christmas was born - Festivus' birth is a story best saved for the characters themselves in the video above - but Frank Costanzas' creation remains probably the most famous and fun made-up holiday. Not fun for the participants, of course, because there is certain little to be jolly about once the pole gets dragged out of the basement and you're staring a riled up Jerry Stiller in the face. To be completely fair, feats of strength and airing grievances are the subtext of most family gatherings anyway, why not bring just push them to the forefront? Let's begin: "I got a lot of problems with you people, now you're going to hear about it!"
Unlike a few of the sillier entries on the list, Kwanzaa is a very real holiday which I know shamelessly little about. Too bad there's not a rap song about the week long holiday common amongst the African American diaspora (thanks, Wikipedia). There is? Courtesy of Futurama's Kwanzaabot (voiced by none other than Coolio), we can learn a little bit about the December 26 to January 1 celebration along with the Planet Express crew as they visit Hermes for the holidays. And you better listen up because Kwanzaa will be especially important if Matt Groening's vision of the future is correct and Christmas becomes the Xmas depicted in his animated series. Let's just say Robot Santa is not someone you want sliding down your chimney. Now, "Hannukah Zombie's having a luau at the B'nai B'rith. You coming?"
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