How was your holiday celebration this year? Did you enjoy yourselves? Or do you feel like it’s becoming boring since you’re doing the same thing every year? After all, every December, we decorate our houses with enough lights that it can be seen from space, cut down a hapless tree so we can trim it with tinsel and struggle with the hordes of other shoppers who are trying to buy the perfect gift for their loved ones. It can get boring, can’t it?
Instead of celebrating the boring ol’ traditional Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/[insert your preferred holiday here], why not try out something different next year? After all, TV has already given us other holidays we can actually celebrate! Why not observe one of those holidays? Right off the top of my head, I can think of three memorable ones…
Festivus (from Seinfeld)
It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!
What list of fictional holidays would be complete without the inclusion of Festivus? Among all of the imaginary holidays, Festivus is probably the most well known. While most “hip kids” will remember Chrismukkah (intentionally left off of this since it’s just a combination of Chrismas and Hanukkah and not really made up) from The OC, Festivus will always be the holiday for the rest of us!
Besides, who wouldn’t want to have a family gathering and participate in fun traditions such as erecting an aluminum pole (search for Festivus in Google and look at the left side of your browser), complaining about your relatives during the the Airing of Grievances and wrestle the head of the household to the ground during the Feats of Strength.
Then again, besides the pole, this is how my family celebrates Christmas already!
Refrigerator Day (from Dinosaurs)
While it may seem silly to establish an entire day just to venerate the invention/discovery of the refrigerator, in the world of Dinosaurs, it saved their lives.
The refrigerator was a very important appliance to the Dinosaurs. As they were able to store food safely, it enabled their society to settle down and start families and communities. Without the refrigerator, we wouldn’t have gotten this unique sitcom! If you celebrate Christmas, you already know how to celebrate Refrigerator Day. You still give gifts, watch crappy reenactments of the very first Refrigerator Day and decorate your house with festive ornaments.
But, if you want to celebrate Refrigerator Day in the strictest sense, don’t forget to fast for two days prior to the day itself! It’s to commemorate how the Dinosaurs lived before the invention of this magical ice box. Or it could just be a plot point from the episode. Whatever.
Life Day (from The Star Wars Holiday Special)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… the Wookies on the planet Kashyyyk are preparing for Life Day.
If you haven’t heard of the Star Wars Holiday Special, I don’t blame you. George Lucas has been trying to track down every single copy of the show and take a sledgehammer to them. I actually managed to watch the entire thing and… it’s awful! But we did get a new fictional holiday out of it!
I remembered watching it as a kid and being bored out of my mind! Where was all the action? The space battles? The lightsabers? None of these really appeared in this holiday special! All we got was Chewbacca’s family preparing for Life Day, a traditional Wookie holiday wherein the citizens remember the family members that have died as well as the young children.
The only really good thing about The Star Wars Holiday Special would be the animated segment with Boba Fett. Here’s the segment in its entirety so you don’t have to watch the damn special:
See? Why wasn’t the entire special like this?
Anyway, you can pretty much celebrate Life Day like any other regular holiday. You still decorate a tree, watch fireworks and have a meal with your family. However, there’s one aspect of Life Day we can’t do. Well, legally anyway.
To close out Life Day, people have to eat the leaves of the orga plant so that you would “journey in spirit form and join the essence of The Tree of Life.” Or, in layman’s terms, get a really mellow high from eating some mysterious leaves. Afterwards, your spirit will be transported to a magical place where you can meet other dudes and dudettes that’ve ingested some of those leave. Woah! Trippy, man!
Maybe the creators of the special had some of those “orga leaves” when conceptualizing the thing.
What’s your favorite fictional holiday? Let me know what they are in the comments section below.