10 Alternative Holidays to Christmas

By | January 1, 2016

Not into the festive spirit of Christmas? Here are 10 Alternative Holidays to Christmas Holiday that you may interest you.



1. Yule

Yule marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and celebrates the rebirth of the sun and beginning of winter. It is one of the oldest winter celebrations known to mankind. The solstice also happens to be the longest night and shortest day of the year. The Earth’s axis tilt the furthest away from the sun at 23-and-a-half degrees, giving all locations north of the equator fewer than 12h of daylight.


2. HumanLight

Interested in peace on Earth and goodwill toward people without the religious aspect? HumanLight might just be the holiday for you. It is a secular celebration celebrated on December 23 and is designed to celebrate and express the positive values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope. The holiday was created and developed by leaders of the New Jersey Humanist Network, and was first celebrated publicly in December 2001 in Verona, New Jersey.


3. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism, a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in publicly-funded schools. It first appeared in January 2005 and was created by Bobby Henderson.


4. Krismas

The term “Krismas” was created by mainstream media for Kris Jenner and the Kardashians, but that wasn’t always the case. Krismas has also been a secular holiday that celebrated the myth of Kris Kringle (aka. Santa Claus). It also occurs on December 25 of each year and is closely associated with Krismas Eve, which occurs December 24th. It’s mostly a time of light in the darkness, of family and friends, of giving gifts and doing good.


5. Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a 1-week-long celebration held in North American countries with present Western African cultures. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and takes place between December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.


6. Newtonmas

This holiday is perfect for atheists. The holiday celebrations can range from nonexistence to a full family affair. “Newtonmas” was named after Sir. Isaac Newton, who was born on December 25 according to the Julian calendar. The holiday, which was publicized by Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer and featured in a 2009 episode of The Big Bang Theory, may include gift giving of science books and humanist tracts.


7. Festivus

The holiday’s celebration, as it was introduced by TV Sitcom Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”. It typically takes place on December 23, 2015.


8. Saturnalia

Saturnalia is an ancient Roman festival in honor of Saturn, an agricultural god of plenty, wealth and liberation, which pre-dates Christmas. The festival was a celebration of Winter Solstice, which began on December 17 of the Julian calendar and ended after seven days. It was celebrated with sacrifices, feasts, gifts and gambling, as Roman social norms were overturned.


9. Matzo Ball

The Matzo Ball is an annual Christmas Eve nightlife event and party held in a number of major cities in the United States and Canada targeted primarily at young Jewish singles and organized by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals. It is typically celebrated on December 24 and 25.


10. Chanukah

Chanukah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (aka. Second Temple) at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.


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