Winter Holidays 2013

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so you know we’re about to hit that time of year when Christians insist that there’s a “War on Christmas” and start saying ridiculously inane things like “Keep the Christ in Christmas!”

There are whole websites (kind of) dedicated to blacklisting any business or organization that has the audacity to say something more inclusive, like “Happy Holidays!” I know I’ve seen posts from family members in previous years about how more people should be “unashamed” of greeting people with the specifically Christian holiday phrase.

To combat this silliness, I’ve compiled a list of some of the other holidays also happening around this time of year. Hold on to your hats, Christians, because you aren’t the only people with a special day in December:

  • Hanukkah starts on the evening of November 27th and ends the evening of December 5th
  • On December 1st, we observe World AIDS Day in an effort to bring attention to this still-deadly disease
  • The Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10th to commemorate the anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948
  • December 15th’s Bill of Rights Day signifies the addition of the Bill of Rights to the US Constitution in 1791
  • Saturnalia, the ancient Roman celebration of the deity “Saturn” begins December 17th
  • Winter Solstice, or Yule, is December 21st
  • Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd
  • Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st

I realize that these aren’t all religious observances and some of them aren’t even technically holidays, but the point is that there’s other stuff happening in December. Please grow up, Christians.

I’ll be adding to and updating this list if anything new crosses my radar. Happy Holidays!

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