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9 Fictional Holidays That Need to Become Official, from Festivus to Chrismukkah

Did you know that today is National Roast Suckling Pig Day? And December 25 isn’t just a day to celebrate Christmas — it also happens to be National Pumpkin Pie Day. If you look hard enough, you can find a day of the year set aside to celebrate every animal, hobby, and food under the sun. (I’m personally quite proud to share my birthday with National Chocolate Eclair Day — yum!)

Among the hundreds of widely and not-so-widely practiced holidays in the world, there are some that only exist in the wonderful realm of television. For some reason, inventing fictional holidays has become something of a staple amongst TV writers — and we aren’t complaining. Even though we have all of our wonderfully weird holidays out here in the real world, some of these televised festivities seem like so much fun, we can’t help but feel a little jealous. And while some of these make-believe practices do eventually infiltrate the real world (hello, Festivus!), there are still a bunch that need to earn a permanent spot on the calendar.

Check out these celebrations we wish we could take part of in real life.

9 Fictional Holidays from TV That Need to Become Official:

  • Celebrate Good Times (COME ON) 1 of 10
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    'Tis the season to air your grievances and order a meat-lover's pizza.

  • Chrismukkah, The O.C. 2 of 10
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    What it is: Created by The O.C.'s Seth Cohen when he was six years old, Chrismukkah is the ultimate winter holiday hybrid. As you can probably guess, it combines Christmas and Hanukkah, making things easier for blended families everywhere.

     

    How to celebrate: Enjoy eight days of presents, followed by one day of MANY presents; display a menorah next to your Christmas tree; invite both of your crushes over for dinner so your family can witness your love triangle awkwardness.

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Galentine’s Day, Parks and Recreation 3 of 10
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    What it is: Valentine's Day may be celebrated on February 14, but February 13 is ALL about Galentine's Day, the brilliant creation of Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope. It's the special time of year when you leave your husband or boyfriend at home and enjoy the company of your best girlfriends. As Leslie explains it, "It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."

     

    How to celebrate: Have lunch at the nicest restaurant in town, and give your gal pals at least one of the following presents: a bouquet of hand-crocheted flower pens, a mosaic portrait made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda, a personalized 5000-word essay of why they're so awesome, gift certificates for massages, or a needlepoint pillow with their face on it and the leading headline from a newspaper on the day they were born.

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Merlinpeen, 30 Rock 4 of 10
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    What it is: 30 Rock left its mark on pop culture in many ways, but none were quite as festive as Merlinpeen, the Verdukian Holiday of Mouth Pleasures. When Frank, Lutz, and Toofer don't want to participate in Kenneth's secret Santa gift exchange, they invent Merlinpeen as a way to get out of it. It's similar to Christmas, just with a LOT more meat cubes.

     

    How to celebrate: Indulge in meat-lover's pizza and root beer, have your teeth flossed by a blonde virgin, and sing a round of the famous Merlinpeen carol: "Oh, Meatbowl of Verduke, you bring me such pizza. Meatbowl."

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Robanukah, Futurama 5 of 10
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    What it is: Although created by Bender as a convenient way to get out of work, Robanukah went on to become the holiest holiday on the robot calendar. It is celebrated on an unspecified date near December — you know, sometime after Robomadan and Robanzaa.

     

    How to celebrate: Skip work (to honor the holiday's founding), watch fembots wrestle in petroleum oil, play with your Droidel, light eight beer bottles like candles, carve jack-o-lantern faces into industrial barrels, and drink … a lot.

     

    Photo credit: YouTube

  • Festivus, Seinfeld 6 of 10
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    What it is: Christmas is so commercial sometimes, isn't it? That's why Frank Constanza (and Seinfeld writer Dan O'Keefe) invented Festivus — a December 23rd holiday alternative devoted to consumer resistance.

     

    How to celebrate: Erect a simple Festivus pole in your living room, enjoy a celebratory dinner, and participate in the "Airing of Grievances" (a lovely time to lash out at your family members) and "Feats of Strength" (aka a wrestling match). The holiday will continue until the head of the household is successfully pinned in said wrestling match.

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Refrigerator Day, Dinosaurs 7 of 10
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    What it is: When dinosaurs roamed Pangea, there was obviously no such thing as Christmas (hello, does the term B.C. mean nothing to you?). So what exactly did our reptilian predecessors celebrate on December 25? Refrigerator Day, of course! The fridge was the greatest invention ever to the "modern" dinosaur, so it only makes sense this magical cold box would receive so much attention and praise.

     

    How to celebrate: Exchange gifts with your family, attend a pageant recalling the story of the first Refrigerator Day, sing some festive carols, and enjoy your annual Fridge Day bonus (hmm … sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it?).

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Treat Yo Self Day, Parks and Recreation 8 of 10
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    What it is: Once a year, Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle take a day to — you guessed it — treat themselves. Treat Yo Self Day can fall on any date, as long as enough time can be devoted to TRUE pampering (bonus points for picking a weekday and skipping work).

     

    How to celebrate: Easy enough — treat yourself to all those wonderful things you don't need. Fragrances? Leather goods? Crystal beetles? Massages? Mimosas? Full Batman costume? Treat yo self!

     

    Photo credit: YouTube

  • Anna Howard Shaw Day, 30 Rock 9 of 10
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    What it is: Valentine's Day is for women who are in happy, loving relationships. Anna Howard Shaw Day (named after famed American suffragette) is for women with one sexual misadventure too many — namely Liz Lemon. Both holidays fall on February 14, though they share little else in common.

     

    How to celebrate: Eat a bunch of heart-shaped cookies alone in your office, then strategically schedule a root canal that afternoon so you can skip the rest of February 14th in a peaceful, oxycodone-induced slumber.

     

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Life Day, The Star Wars Holiday Special 10 of 10
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    What it is: Life Day (first introduced in the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special) is like the Wookie version of Christmas, with touches of Earth Day and Memorial Day thrown in. It is a day of holly jolly merriment, but it also contains much more serious aspects, such as celebrating Kashyyyk's ecosystem and honoring loved ones who have passed away. But … there are fireworks!

     

    How to celebrate: Decorate your wroshyr tree, eat some Wookiee-ookiees and hot chocolate, listen to festive music, exchange presents, and gnaw on some orga root so your spirit can pass into the Tree of Life.

     

    Photo credit: IMDB

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