Holiday Season Countdown: Sunday is Festivus and Roots Day

Christmas grabs all the attention in December. But there are a number of other days that are observed during the month.

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Christmas gets most of the press this time of year. But December is a month full of religious and secular festivals and holidays, along with some wild and wacky days as well.

We've already observed, among other things, Oatmeal Muffin Day, Go Caroling Day, Humbug Day and the Winter Solstice.

Today (Sunday, Dec. 23) is  Festivus (For the Rest of Us) and Roots Day.

Festivus.com says, "Happy Festivus" is the traditional greeting of Festivus a holiday featured in "The Strike" episode of Seinfeld. The episode first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and they now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times throughout the year."

Meanwhile, Roots Day is a time for people to celebrate their genealogy and family roots, according to punchbowl.com.

We can’t vouch for the authenticity of some of these lesser known observances, but if you need a moment to forget the stress that sometimes comes with the major holidays, there’s got to be a few here to make you smile.
Here's what is still ahead for December in the line of holidays and other special observances:

December is Human Rights Month.

Mon., Dec. 24: Christmas Eve; National Chocolate Day; National Egg Nog Day
Tues., Dec. 25: Christmas—Christian observance of Jesus’ birth; National Pumpkin Pie Day
Wed., Dec. 26: Kwanzaa, which lasts through Jan. 1; Boxing Day; Thank You Note Day; National Whiners Day
Thurs., Dec. 27: Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day; National Fruitcake Day
Fri., Dec. 28: Card Playing Day
Sat., Dec. 29: Pepper Pot Day; Tick Tock Day
Sun., Dec. 30: National Bicarbonate of Soda Day; Bacon Day
Mon., Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve; Unlucky Day; No Interruptions Day



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