There are hundreds of holidays and observances in the dark cold December and January months, so we’re not stuck with Christmas. If you’re looking for a different observance one of these may appeal to you:
- Bodhi Day: December 8, Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the Buddha experienced enlightenment.
- Night of the Radishes (Noche de Rábanos), an annual event in Oaxaca, Mexico. People carve giant radishes into elaborate scenes and compete for prizes.
- Yule: Pagan winter festival that lasts for weeks, from late December to early January.
- Human Rights Day: December 10, celebrating the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations.
- Blue Monday: The third Monday in January, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.
- Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over, a jolly moving observance that runs from late December to early January.
- Zartosht No-Diso: commemorating the death of the prophet Zoraster.
- Chahar Shanbeh Suri: Festival of Fire, observed on the last Wednesday of the Iranian calendar year. Light over the darkness, arrival of spring.
- Global Family Day, One Day of Peace and Sharing: January 1. And yes, just one little bitty day of peace and sharing is too much to ask for.
A simple Web search will lead you to many more, should you find these unappealing. Maybe there should be a Take Five Seconds to Look it Up Day.