->''"Back on Earth we call this Christmas. Or the Winter Solstice. On this world, the first settlers called it The Crystal Feast."''
-->-- '''Kazran Sardick''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]"

Even if the ChristmasSpecial is widely used, a few writers catch on that some stories take place in a setting where certain holidays and celebrations [[OrphanedEtymology shouldn't exist in the original sense]]. So the characters celebrate a holiday that's (hopefully) just coincidentally similar enough to have the audience roll their eyes.

Despite the eye-rolling, this can be a JustifiedTrope if the world of the story has solstices and equinoxes like our own, which would be logical times of the year to have a celebration.

Naturally, these episodes are aired around the holiday they're really trying to depict, and sometimes may receive a name change in order to comment on them without raising the ire of {{Media Watchdog}}s.

Occasionally, they use a real holiday that would make sense in the world of the series but isn't commonly celebrated among most of the target audience. For instance, the second-season ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "A Solstice Carol."

Note that this trope only covers the use (or abuse) of Christmas or 'Christmas-ish' holidays in fictional, fantastical, or historical settings where the celebration as we know it would not exist; random other terms used for the holidays in modern settings should not be listed here.

This trope is named after the ChristmasSpecial of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in which Santa Claus is actually an evil robot that kills everyone because he judges everything as naughty ([[ThrowTheDogABone except Zoidberg]]). The letter ''X'' (coming from the Greek letter χ, "chi") has been used as an abbreviation for "Christ" (Χριστός) for centuries. In modern times, however, the spelling "Xmas" is sometimes misconstrued as part of the supposed "War on Christmas" to secularize the holiday, literally "taking the 'Christ' out of 'Christmas'" by people on both sides of the argument. Also there are some people who come up with folk etymologies for the X such as that it means 'Criss (cross) mas' (as in the [[UnsoundEffect onomatopaeic description]] of drawing an X) and are genuinely surprised to learn about the Greek letter.

They may have a tradition of [[ChristmasCarolers caroling]]. Compare CrystalDragonJesus, {{Uncoffee}}, CallARabbitASmeerp, FictionalHoliday, SantaClausmas.
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* ''Anime/TheBigO'' episode "Daemonseed" introduced "Heaven's Day", and had the HumongousMecha beaten by a mutant Christmas tree! Subverted at the very end of the episode, where Alex Rosewater remarks on how mutated Heaven's Day had become, and how nobody remembers that its origins were to celebrate the birth of God's Son--although Alex is ego maniacal to the point that he could be referring to [[Main/AGodAmI himself]]. Another possibility is that this is to illustrate that Alex has recovered memories from before "40 years ago", which would logically include the significance of the holiday.
* ''Manga/LucuLucu'' uses the real Christmas, but as a demon says in chapter 15:
-->'''Bubu:''' No commandments... No religious conversations... Emptiness changed from a religious event into a hollow skeletal shell of idol worship; it's become rotten and corrupt with the smell of decay! Christmas is the Demon's holiday!
* Episode 7 of ''Anime/SoraNoWoto'' features the ''Fiesta des Lumiéres'', which is pretty much a Japanese Obon festival [[MemeticMutation in a French-speaking Spanish town in Switzerland]].
* One of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' films depicts a Juraian holiday called "Startika" which bears a suspicious resemblance to Christmas, at least as it is celebrated by the Japanese. Somewhat subverted because actual Christmas is also celebrated in the same story.
** Startika is more their version of Summer Solstice, as it is celebrated in the middle of June, and has nothing to do with exchanging gifts. The big celebration is that they eat 'shou-jen' for the night (vegetarian)...
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* In ''{{Bone}}'' comics, the characters celebrate a holiday with strong resemblances to Christmas (or some sort of solstice festival) by bringing a green pine tree into their house during the depths of winter.
** Phoney even lampshades this trope;
-->'''Phoney:''' Different ''reasons''... Different ''names''... It all comes down to th' ''same thing''-- ''Business'' picks ''up'', an' ''I'' make ''A lotta money!''
* In DC's ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' comic book, "Spirit in the Sky" (the story in issue #88) had a Christmas theme, complete with an [[Main/EnergyBeings energy being]] based on Santa Claus and evil aliens based on the Grinch.
* The UK ''{{Thundercats}}'' comics introduced Rammastide, which while technically celebrates when Third Earth was liberated from Mumm-ra, is basically Christmas in blue and gold. It also has the bad luck of being the day the Metokangmi walks around mourning its dead mate. And it's preferred path happens to be right through the Cats' Lair, which ends up working out because the Metokangmi is basically a gigantic feline yeti.
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has a Christmas special where Spider Jerusalem is deliberately trying to avoid ''any'' sort of holiday celebration. As this is the future in a city where a new religion is incorporated every hour, these range from the typical (Christmas) to the more... off-beat (Drink-My-Urine-Day, where one religion's vat-grown Messiah's heart caught fire, which was only extinguished by someone pissing down his throat). It's WarrenEllis, what do you expect?
* In the original ''WonderWoman'' the Amazons celebrated Diana's Day at winter solstice. One woman was chosen by lots to play the Goddess and distribute presents while the others are entitled to try to unmask her and take over the Goddess role. Those who try and fail are tied up, of course, and have to dress up as deer on the following day for a mock hunt. The "deer" are caught, "cooked" and served, whereupon they have to dance. Hey, it's Marston.
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* FanFic/AGrowingAffection has Yuletide, which takes place on 12/21 and involves an exchange of small gifts. There is a Santa figure active in the capitol of the Land of Fire.
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[[folder:Film]]
* TheFilmOfTheBook version of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' [[LampshadeHanging mentions]] that Hogswatchnight bears "a remarkable resemblance to your Christmas."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In 1954 Creator/CSLewis wrote a text called ''[[http://www.getmorphed.com/2003/12/xmas-and-christmas.html Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus]]'', in which the people of [[SdrawkcabName Niatirb]] celebrate ''two'' holidays: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything A secular one with parties and gifts and a religious one in temples]].
* Hogswatchnight, along with its patron spirit the Hogfather, from Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books, though this is used more to examine and comment on Christmas and winter solstice holidays in general.
** The name is a combination of New Year's Eve being "Hogmanay" in Scotland and "Watch Night" in traditionalist Christian communities (and possibly also "hogwash"); it is also on the Discworld (at least around the Circle Sea) the culmination of the pig-slaughtering season.
** It has other equivalents, too; for instance, the Soul Cake Days are a mix of Halloween ("trickle-treating" is mentioned by a small girl in ''Reaper Man'') and Easter (there's a "Soul Cake Duck" who lays chocolate eggs).
* Winterfair on the planet Barrayar in LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] books, which involves gift-giving and family get-togethers. The Barrayarans are non-theists (if a bit superstitious) and there's no spiritual aspect. The Emperor's birthday celebrations are at roughly the UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay time of year, also -- at least for the current emperor.
** Complete with a CaptainErsatz SantaClaus, Father Frost. (Or not so ersatz. Father Frost is the Russian Santa equivalent, in what passes for real life, and one of the founding ethnicities of Barrayar is Russian.)
* Another example is Erastide, winter solstice festival and the most important holiday in ''TheBelgariad''. It includes a [[strike:Christmas pageant]] Erastide play, with masked family members reenacting the roles of the Seven Gods.
* The ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series by MercedesLackey has a "Midwinter Festival" in which all students get a week off from school, go home to their families, exchange presents, etc. There is no corresponding "Midsummer Festival", however.
* Anne Bishop's ''Literature/BlackJewels'' trilogy has Winsol (presumably meaning "winter solstice"), an obvious stand-in for Christmas, complete with tree and gifts.
* Notably averted in [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]], specifically ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', which has Father Christmas -- the old-fashioned, bad ass half-pagan-nature-god version -- and the White Witch's rule is said to lead to Narnia forever being in a state of 'always winter, and never Christmas'. (The name "Christmas" was quite possibly introduced to Narnia by King Frank and Queen Helen, who used to be working-class Brits before becoming Narnia's first monarchs.)
* Many of the ExpandedUniverse novels in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe mention a holiday known as "Emperor's Day" that appears very similar to Christmas. Of course, considering the Emperor has supposedly [[JuliusBeethovenDaVinci been several influential people throughout history]], there's a reasonable chance it actually ''is'' Christmas.
* A fairly common substitute in fantasy novels is some variety of midwinter or solstice festival. The ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' books by Tamora Pierce feature feasting and gift-giving at midwinter and the Kushiel's Legacy books by Jacqueline Carey have masked balls on the Longest Night -- which are lampshaded in the first book by saying that the tradition pre-dates the coming of Elua, who found it so charming and amusing that he kept it around.
* ''ThisPerfectDay'' by Ira Levin features Christmas...in a future dystopia where literally no one is religious. Of course, they also celebrate Marxmas on Karl Marx's birthday. Both are basically just rare excuses for the supercomputer that rules the world to let the human workers have an extra day off work. They also celebrate Unification Day on New Year's.
* The DeptfordMice -- from the RobinJarvis trilogy of that name -- celebrate "Yule" in the winter, named after the pagan/Germanic solstice festival.
* In ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'', the Ozites celebrate Lurlinemas, a winter holiday celebrating the birth of the goddess Lurline. Included are mentions of gift-giving, gingerbread, snowball fights, and even the phrase "happy holidays." Just about the only thing that differs from Christmas is that the designated holiday colors are green and gold rather than green and red. (And even that isn't too far off, as gold is often associated with Christmas as well.)
* Up until they created Kaya, a Nez-Perce Indian character from 1764, each of the ''AmericanGirl'' characters had a Christmas story as a part of her book series. Since Kaya obviously wouldn't have celebrated Christmas, living before the Nez-Perce had much contact with Europeans, they gave her a story about "giving" as her obligatory "holiday" book.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has the Feast of Lights. The name also bears a noticeable resemblance to Hanukah, the Festival of Lights.
* The AlternativeCalendar in the appendices of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' shows that the hobbits also celebrate Yuletide, or at least that's how Creator/JRRTolkien [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis chose to translate the name of their midwinter holiday]].
* In DragonLance, the people of Krynn celebrate Yule (as a Christmas stand-in), Harvest-Come (Halloween, complete with carving faces onto gourds) and Spring Dawning (Easter).
* The DresdenFiles technically exists in the modern US and does have a christmas, but since AllMythsAreTrue it has essentially every vaguely winter-ey festival humanity's ever practiced and its attendant supernatural creatures running around the city at once, plus the winter court of the Fae for good measure.
** The ridiculous amount of trouble this always causes is likely the reason that Harry's list of favorite holidays is topped by literally everything else.
* One of the ''GarrettPI'' novels mentions White Day, a fantasy-world counterpart to Valentine's Day. Different in that it's a custom to give boxes of candy to one's good friends as well as to one's beloved.
** White Day is a real holiday in Japan; it's celebrated a month after Valentine's Day and is a day when men are expected to reciprocate for the gifts they got on Valentine's Day.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' is rather infamous for its "Life Day."
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Strike" George Costanza, in a miserly effort to avoid giving Christmas gifts at the office, celebrates Festivus. A holiday previously created by George's father, Festivus was a response to the over-commercialization of Christmas.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has carefully avoided Earth holidays over the years, with the notable exception of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Aliens can get away with it, though -- ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' had an episode involving the suspiciously Christmas-like Talaxian holiday of Prixin.
** And there was a Bajoran "Gratitude Festival" in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' -- they stopped short of eating turkey, although there is a reference in one episode to a UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay dinner Sisko served, which did include turkey and stuffing.
** Averted in "Charlie X", an early first season episode of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]''. The cook (in a voice cameo by Gene Roddenberry) complains that all he has to serve the crew for Thanksgiving dinner is reconstituted meatloaf, until [[RealityWarper Charlie]] changes them to "turkeys...''real'' turkeys".
** Averted in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' episode "Dagger of the Mind." Psychiatrist Helen Noel reminds Kirk that the two of them met at "the science lab Christmas party" and seems amused at his discomfort. Just what happened at that party? Unfortunately, we never find out.
* ''SERIES/TheOC'' featured resident DeadpanSnarker Seth Cohen inventing "Chrismukkah" to cope with having a Jewish father and a Christian mother.
* The second season of ''LazyTown'' had a winter episode with no holiday at all, but featured a relyricked version of a song from the Icelandic forerunner's Christmas album as the episode's song.
* As mentioned above, [[Main/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] has "A Solstice Carol". This episode features orphans about to be evicted on Solstice eve, a solstice tree, a toy maker named Senticles who disguises himself with a red suit and a white beard and falls down a chimney, A king who hates the Solstice and has banned it, Xena and Gabrielle sneaking into his bedchamber to pretend to be the Fates and ghosts of past, present, future and convincing him to mend his evil ways. To top it all off, Gabrielle gives her donkey to a married couple with a child who look suspiciously like a few religious figures that will remain nameless, while a bright star hangs in the sky above. Seriously. Of course, fans of the show will tell you that this trope was just made for this show.
** Funnily enough, if you take out "Senticles" and the ''Christmas Carol'' shout-outs, it's actually a pretty damned good representation of Solstice festivals of the time... in NORTHERN Europe, anyway, if not Greece.
* ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' features a thinly veiled Nativity story in the episode "A Star to Guide Them". Aeolus and two others have visions of a star guiding them to some sort of "important event", they have gold and frankincense and myrrh as presents, Herc ''explicitly'' calls him a "wise man," and at the end you see the three entering a manger with a bunch of animals sitting around and some very familiar looking folks. About the only thing they didn't do was have the happy couple introduce themselves as Mary and Joseph before fading out.
* In ''Series/{{Quark}}'', Christmas has become "Holiday Number 11." The last episode focused on ObstructiveBureaucrat Palindrome giving TheCaptain Quark a murderous computer as a Number 11 gift.
* ''{{Dinosaurs}}'' has its own uncannily parallel holiday from 60 million years in the past: Refrigerator Day.
* While ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' (the reboot, anyway) doesn't appear to have any equivalent to Christmas, Colonial Day has some similarities to Independence Day, combined with a hint of State of the Union given the political implications. Justified, given the canonical history of the Colonies.
** ''{{Caprica}}'' reveals the existence of a St. Valentine's Day equivalent called Eros Day.
* A sketch on ''KidsInTheHall'' featured a society in the future that had OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions and instead had a holiday called Bellini Day, celebrating [[RunningGag recurring character]] Bellini, who always wore only a bath-towel and never hurried or wore a watch.
* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' held a "Chrimbus Special." Apparently the Winterman (an old bald guy wearing naught but a vest) will leave presents in your Chrimbus bush, but only if you've eaten a pound of hair during the year. More subtly, the holiday was consistently referred to as "the season of getting/receiving."
* The concept was parodied in ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'' where the Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen, Gary and Grayhame, invent a public holiday called "Bloopy" in order to get out of trouble with King John, and every single cynical thing ever said about Christmas applies to Bloopy as well.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]]:
-->'''Dean:''' "Ha ha ha! Merry Happy!"
* ''TheBigComfyCouch'' has an episode called "Comfy and Joy" wherein the whole cast gets together, exchanges wishes and gifts, and stays up until sunrise, on what is repeatedly called the longest night of the year.
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* ''FraggleRock'' had an episode titled "The Bells of Fraggle Rock". This invented holiday was surprisingly well-handled. Furthermore, the episode was very thought-provoking for a (de-facto) ChristmasEpisode: Gobo searched his maps for the location of the legendary Great Bell at the Heart of Fraggle Rock, then set off just before the Festival of the Bells on a quest to find the Great Bell and bring it back to show the other Fraggles and prove that the ''literal'' meaning of the holiday is true. The other Fraggles promised to wait for him, so they could ring the bells together, but came to regret this decision as the cold encroached and the Rock began to freeze over. At the end of Gobo's quest, he found a seasonally heartwarming [[Main/AnAesop Aesop]].
** The Festival of the Bells was also mentioned in the crossover special ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas'', where it was explicitly described as the Fraggles' winter solstice holiday.
* Jingle Day in ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' episode Mrs Zabarelli's Holiday Baton".
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[[folder:Radio]]
* In the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''Spare Parts'', the Mondasians, dwelling in an underground city in a planet that was hurled out of the solar system, have a midwinter holiday in which an artificial tree symbolising the forests Mondas used to have is decorated with lights symbolising the stars, baubles representing the planets they pass, tinsel representing their path through space, and an uppermost star representing the sun they hope to return to.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Averted in ''ForgottenRealms'' as far as Christmas itself goes: Midwinter/Deepwinter is not a time of general celebration, but played straight with the Feast of the Moon, the [[AllHallowsEve Autumn festival that honours the dead]], and Greengrass, the Spring festival that celebrates growing things with flower garlands (May Day).
* The various {{Mystara}} nations' calendars are littered with Expies of familiar RealLife holidays, such as Ierendi's tropical version of Christmas (ribbon-bedecked palm trees).
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' has "Naming Day", in which all the Matoran get a day off work and give each other gifts. One character mentions [[PhysicalGod Mata Nui]] coming down the transport chutes to deliver presents. Some Matoran are also able to [[MyNaymeIs change the spelling of their names]] on this day. This trope was enforced not by a holiday special, but because LEGO was threatened by legal action from Maori activists over the use of their words as character names, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot and the dev team needed an in-story excuse to change them.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Azeroth of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' holds the "Feast of Winter Veil" every December. This is apparently universal among the disparate cultures, and comes with people who think the holiday is being overcommercialized, and its own versions of Main/SantaClaus. For the Alliance we have Greatfather Winter, a dwarf. And for the horde there's Great-Father Winter, an orc. Both are dressed as Santa and have white beards (their names could be based on Grandfather Frost, the Eastern Slavic equivalent of Santa).
** ''World of Warcraft'' also includes renamed versions of Halloween (Hallow's End), Easter (Noble Garden), Valentine's Day (Love is in the Air), Fourth of July/Canada Day (Midsummer Fire Festival), a UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay-esque holiday (Harvest Festival), Children's day and Mother's Day (Children's Week) and the Chinese New Year (Lunar Festival) in the game. October 2007 even saw the introduction of an Oktoberfest analogue, Brewfest. The Spirit of Competition showed up for the Olymipcs in 08. Even the unofficial Holiday, Talk like a Pirate Day is celebrated with Pirates' Day.
** They have also implemented Pilgrim's Bounty(Thanksgiving analogue) and Day of the Dead(after the real-world event).
* The online game ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has "Crimbo", complete with Crimbo Elves and Uncle Crimbo himself. Also, Hannukkah is replaced with "Hannukimbo", UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay with "The Feast of Boris", St. Patrick's Day with "St. Sneaky Pete's Day", and Easter with "Oyster Egg Day" (during which players can hunt for "oyster eggs" left behind by a Magical Flying Oyster). They even have a holiday called "Dependence Day", during which the citizens of Loathing set off fireworks. Oddly, Halloween and Valentine's Day are in the game unchanged.
** There's also the somewhat less subtle examples of "Arrrbor Day" (it involves pirates planting trees), "Labór Day" (celebrating the RasputinianDeath of [[PunnyName Manuel Labór]]) and "El Dia de Los Muertos Borrachos" (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, provided you [[BilingualBonus speak Spanish]])
** It is perhaps worth noting that "Crimbo" is used as slang for Christmas in some parts of Britain, although it does not extend to "Crimbo Elves". Also, whilst the Crimbo story starts out pretty much like any Christmas story, it has gone through many things that aren't precisely expected in a holiday story. Such as [[Franchise/StarTrek the Crimborg]], [[ILoveNuclearPower festive radiation]], [[TheMafia the Penguin Mafia]], and [[WasOnceAMan the Crimbomination]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has substitute holidays for many Western and Eastern celebrations alike. The "X-mas" is called the Starlight Festival, and of course involves people in Santa hats and coats called "smilebringers" giving presents to children. Interestingly, it's suggested that the smilebringer tradition may have been started by goblins, who are (usually) an enemy race in the game. Oddly enough, despite the presence of a [[CrystalDragonJesus goddess whose worship is sometimes reminiscent of Christianity]], neither the Starlight Festival nor any of the other holidays seem to have any relation to any ''in-game'' religious practice whatsoever. Wishing on stars is as close as it gets.
** It should also be noted that every holiday event is celebrated in Japan, ''always''. St. Patrick's Day? Nope. April Fool's? Not a chance. Boxing Day? Oh, never. Writing haiku and placing them on bamboo stalks? Sure Why Not? Considering the international playerbase, it's kind of odd. While the developers are Japanese, you'd think they could just Google up some holidays...
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has the simply named Winter Event, during which for a month the city gets randomly attacked by giant monster snowmen and the Ski Chalet in Pocket D, [[InnBetweenTheWorlds the interdimensional dance club]], is open for business.
* Toy Day and other real-world holidays in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' for GameCube. A reindeer (the only deer in the game) brings toys on a day in late December. This event, along with most other real-world holidays, were taken out of ''Wild World'', probably because of the online nature of the game. Toy Day and other [[TheThemeParkVersion theme park'd]] holidays were added back to ''City Folk'', and the issue of having single-region holidays was fixed by giving each region its own holidays; if a Japanese player wants to come to Explorer's Day (Columbus Day), they have to make an American friend, for example.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' game series, the Saturnalia festival is a holiday that happens right on the 25th of December, and is even explicitly described as a 'time of gift giving'.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Bloodmoon]]'' even includes a Santa Claus figure named Uncle Sweetshare, though he has no connections to Saturnalia. The game's files include an unused version of Sweetshare named Grandfather Frost, who was even more Santa-like. Supposedly he was replaced for being ''too much'' like Santa.
** Only instead of presents, he gives you drugs.
** Bonus points for this holiday being named the same as the Roman festival that took place at the time Christmas is currently celebrated. Supposedly, many of the traditions currently observed over Christmas originated from this feast.
* MMORPG ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies'' ran with the ball ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' had handed them and declared December 25th Wookiee Life Day. As we all know ([[FanonDiscontinuity although I'm sure we'd like to forget]]), Wookiee Life Day is celebrated quite similarly to Christmas.
** ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' did some similar winks and nods, including a downloadable decorated tree prop, a speeder with gawdy strings of lights attached, and those red robes as customizable armor. And more recently, a red-nosed Tauntaun...
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'''s world of Lore, they celebrate Frostval, a day marked by the Frost Moglins of Frostvale making and delivering presents to the people of Lore. While this is pretty much where the similarity between Frostval and Christmas ends, there are two Santa Claus-themed monsters: a mutant crab named Sandy Claws and a skeleton in a Santa suit named Gris Dingle. Quests around this time generally involve the holiday being held up by a war against a powerful Ice Dragon and the players having to help deliver the presents before they magically unwrap themselves. Other holidays include Grenwog (Easter), Good Luck Day (St. Patrick's Day), Hero's Heart Day (Valentine's Day).
** ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' had a Moglinster (basically a monstrous version of a moglin) called Santy Claws for 2009's Frostval.
** Pretty much all of Artix Entertainment's games have alternate versions of real-world holidays. Frostval is Christmas, of course, but there's also Thankstaking (Thanksgiving), Mogloween (Halloween), Hero's Hearts Day (Valentine's Day), and a traditional Gold Fever War on St. Patrick's Day (which is called Good Luck Day). There are many celebrated under their real-world names, such as the Fourth of July, April Fools' Day, and Talk Like a Pirate Day. Every Friday the 13th is also celebrated.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has Wintersday, which is more accurately New Year's Day but celebrated more like Christmas, with a little bit of Groundhog Day -- the observation, not the [[Film/GroundhogDay movie]] nor the [[GroundhogDayLoop trope]] -- thrown in.
** There is also an equivalent Halloween holiday, where special candy-corn minions are available, and Mad King Thorn (a pumpkin-headed undead ruler) comes and transforms [=NPCs=] into monstrous creatures and gives commands to people. Those who don't follow the commands are killed temporarily.
** The Canthans also celebrate the Lunar New Year, being inspired by the Chinese theme. Adding to the allusion is the Celestial creature of the appropriate year (eg. 2008 had a celestial rat).
** The Canthans also celebrate the Dragon Festival, both to commemorate the launch of ''Nightfall'' and to coincide with the Fourth of July/Canada Day.
** Less explicit are Lucky Weekend(St. Patrick's Day), Sweet Treats Weekend(Easter), and Special Treats Weekend (Thanksgiving). These are limied to special drops with no other events.
* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, particularly ''Friends of Mineral Town'', features mostly JapaneseHolidays, but (with the exception of New Year's) the real holiday names are ''never'' used. Valentine's Day and White Day become "Winter Thanksgiving" and "Spring Thanksgiving". Christmas Eve and Day become "Starry Night" and "Stocking Festival".
** That last bit is subverted in Island of Happiness, where you can actually unlock a holiday called the Goddess Festival in honor of -- who else? -- the Harvest Goddess.
*** They've had that festival since ''Back To Nature'' at least...
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory''. Maplemas. Cue eye rolls.
** Also, Versalmas, which is the same as Maplemas but more purple.
* ''EverQuestII'' has Frostfell, a general winter holiday that lasts through all of December and parts of January. Other celebrated holidays are Bristlebane's Day for April Fools Day, Erollisi Day for Valentines, Brew Day for St. Patrick's Day, and Nights of the Dead for Halloween.
* ''VideoGame/{{Startopia}}'''s Groulien Salt Hogs have a festival/holiday called Chrimbas. Apparently it involves handing out a random selection of wrapped-up gifts and low-grade toxins to their youngsters, who either squeal with delight or choke as their respiratory system temporarily shuts down.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has Australian Christmas. It takes place a week before regular Christmas, and instead of giving good children toys, Old Nick (Nicolas Crowder) takes all the bad kids to the South Pole and forces them to build hats and weapons for the next twelve months, at which point the fruits of their labours are given to him as gifts.
** "Naturally, given the sheer number of hats and weapons Old Nick receives, there are bound to be duplicates -- And every December 18th, he posts them online, selling them at prices so low he's practically giving them away."
** The 2011 Australian Christmas update introduced "Smissmas", which seems to be celebrated identically to Christmas. As of 2012, Australian Christmas is completely absent from the equation, having presumably died with its perpetrator.
* [[Videogame/{{Portal}} ApertureScience.com]] has celebrated Christmas twice, once on 2007 and once on 2010. Both times the holiday was designated as "", and was celebrated by various ''Portal''- and ''Portal 2''-themed (also with themes of ''The Orange Box'' in 2007, as ''Portal 2'' was unheard of) props with a Christmas theme being placed in the "Holiday Vault".
** [=ThinkingWithPortals=].com, a fan site, takes this one step further by replacing any instance of "Christmas" in posts with "", much to the dismay of people who haven't played the first ''Portal''.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' has Festivult, where a dwarf in bright clothing gives presents to all the good little clerics and wizards. It's typically a month-long event where players collect coins and exchange them for cookies and treats that cast magical effects on whoever eats them. You might also get a lump of coal or a twig as "punishment" - though the twig can be crafted into a rechargable Eternal Wand of Frost, where most wands have a limited number of uses before being consumed.
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' has an annual Yule Festival in Winter-home, a town that can't be found on the maps. Yule celebrations involve playing games and doing chores to win tokens that can be spent on surprise gifts, clothes, and horses. There's a Christmas charity subplot of Winter-home's mayor [[spoiler:exploiting workers, and the player character choosing whether to help or take advantage of said workers]].
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* Lampshaded in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0047.html this]] ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' strip; the joke, of course, is that in the ''{{Exalted}}'' universe where the strip takes place, not only Christmas but the concept of ''winter'' would be completely alien to the characters.
** Not the concept of winter (Exalted does have seasons with climate changes), but the word itself does not refer to a season in the setting. Cue the Deathlord named Mask of Winters. For reference, the winter seasons are late Air and early Water.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' has "Winter-een-mas", which should more or less speak for itself.
* Taken to its logical extreme in ''CheckerboardNightmare'' where the titular character creates "X-Holiday", a more secularized and commerican version of Christmas. Buy your festive X-Holiday obelisks today!
* ''PokeyThePenguin'' has the [[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/ Gift Exchange Day]].
* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' has the Annual Gift Day™. At least they're calling it straight. The main characters even [[InvertedTrope talk about how awful it is that some people are ascribing a religious meaning to a purely commercial holiday]].
* Taking place over 2000 years in the future, and in a fantasy setting to boot, Christmas has evolved into "Winterfest" in ''TheDragonDoctors.''
* From Website/PlatypusComix:
** Ms. Munupi from ''Webcomic/{{Keiki}}'' makes her students celebrate "Sparkle Day". One of them accidentally provokes her to refer to Christmas by its actual name, prompting some police to arrest her.
** The self-contained story "How the Kvetch Stole Hannukah!" details a [[HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas Grinch-like]] monster's attempts to frame Jewish people of ruining the holiday season by disguising as a Jew, then forcing the public media to remove all potentially offensive references to Christmas.
** The title character of ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' celebrates Life Day once, but the traditions shown in ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' apparently became replaced with [[ShoutOut fighting the Frizzies at 11]]; the name refers to the fact the winner gets to live a longer life than the dead loser. Any assumptions that Peter Paltridge did this to avoid Christian references become negated when Pi explains they fight the Frizzies "to honor Jesus".
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has 12th Perigee's Eve. The Trolls and their Lusus may decorate the hive or just stay inside, and the Lusus goes and collects a "behemoth leaving" in the style of a Christmas tree. A 12th Perigee's Eve coincided with the trolls finishing their session and about to win [[spoiler:when Jack Noir gets in their way and they are forced to retreat.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'', a bearded, jolly, fat man appears out of nowhere on the winter solstice to give the heroine a spiritual pep talk.
* In the ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' "[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/12/07 Acquisitions Inc]]" RPG campaign, midwinter is when Lord Wynter, accompanied by Servitor Elves and Paindeer, brings treats to the virtuous youth. The adventure revolves around gaining the ''Enscriptor Malefica'', or "naughty list".
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* The character ''{{Blockhead}}'' celebrates a holiday called "Ghostmas Day", which he celebrates really whenever he feels like. However the holiday seems closer to Halloween than anything and really is just an excuse for the already batshit insane character to cause more random havoc and more reason to frustrate his Conscience.
* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' universe has "Decemberween", which started out as being just a different name for (secular) Christmas. Since then, it's morphed into its own Bizarroland version of it, with TV specials about "the Mystical Sword of St. Olaf" and Santa Claus displaced by "the Dethemberween Thnikkaman." The latter may or may not just be something Strong Bad made up, but this is a world where things Strong Bad makes up tend to either become, or get retconned into, real things with no explanation, so who knows.
* Starmen.net has EB no Matsuri (Literally EB Festival), which has Annual Gift Man decent from his base on the moon, where he gives all the good children copies of Earthbound for the SNES, and all the bad children vials of flesh eating viruses hidden under their pillow, shoes, etc...
* {{Subeta}} and their Luminaire. They are doing it with every other holiday, though.
* "[[http://www.venganza.org/2006/12/01/happy-holiday-season-everyone/ Holiday]]", observed by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
* In the ''LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' there was Kwistanakahdon which was a Politically Correct winter celebration designed to combine various beliefs into one holiday designed to make the most money for retailers.
* RhettAndLink, who are Christians, played around with this trope on a collection of fake outtakes from a fake commercial. Rhett also mentioned in one podcast that he celebrates the Harvest Season as opposed to Halloween.
* ''TrintonChronicles'' has Yule instead of Christmas, though it’s essentially the same minus the Christian overtones: there is no Christ or reason to have a mass for such a figure. Instead it’s modeled after the Germanic celebration of Winter Solstice, complete with Yule Log and giant effigy burning.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' gives us "Slavemas" an ancient Egyptian holiday where the people of Egypt had to serve as slaves to Pharoah Atem. Until the thief king tried to ruin it, at which point he just made EVERYONE slaves all year round. And it's done as parody of ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', too. Yes, 'tis awesome.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'', Santa never came to the Saiyans on Planet Vegeta, they heard of the joy he brought to children, of the presents, of the merriment, that they were denied. Planet Vegeta never got Christmas, all they got was Freeza Day.
-->'''Dogku:''' What happened on Freeza Day?
-->'''Turles:''' He blew the planet up!
* In the abridged ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' series by Lets Burn Holes we get "Jesus Christ's Birthday" in place of the Christmas special, with lines such as "Let's go home and sing some Jesus Christ Carols!". And it ends with Beast (Professional JerkAss) and the Morlocks convincing Wolverine, Storm and Jubilee that Jesus Christ has been reborn on Earth. It also features such traditional Jesus Christ's Birthday traditions as ice skating, shop lifting, AIDS jokes and cannibalism.
* MyBrotherMyBrotherAndMe has Candlenights, which the brothers celebrate with a family-friendly, obscenity-free episode of the podcast.
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' has Khersentide, a winter solstice feast that celebrates important events in the life of the local CrystalDragonJesus, Lord Khersis. It involves ornaments and presents.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Messed with in the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. Buster invents Baxter Day after getting tired of Christmas.
* ''LloydInSpace'' portrayed not only a Christmas clone called Droimatz, it even had its own Hannukah clone Thierlap. Oddly, Thierlap traditions don't resemble Hannukah at all; more like an ersatz combination of the Jewish harvest festivals Passover and Sukkot that involves eating one type of durable ethnic food for about a week inside a small, non-permanent building.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' referenced "Alvistide", the Christmas-like major holiday of the Alvians, more than once. Somewhat atypically, Alvistide was similar to Christmas in its religious aspects (the celebration of the birth of a great prophet, purportedly to a virgin), more than in its secular trappings (which mostly involved revenge, excessive consumption of whiskey, and firearms). This is an interesting example, as the episode was originally going to involve Christmas itself; the writers were warned off by [[MediaWatchdog Standards and Practices]]. There was also mention of "sheikrahdan," a month during which the menu had to be changed to accommodate the "sheikrahs."
* ''RoliePolieOlie'' featured "Jingle-Jangle-Day", indistinguishable from Christmas in its secular trappings. Jingle-Jangle-Claus (seriously) even puts in an appearance.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" was reportedly meant to actually feature "Christmas" in the title, but it wound up changed. Regardless, the holiday is (mostly) referred to as Christmas during the episode, although true to the show's form, its trappings are rather... off.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', it is revealed that in the Standard English of the year 3000, the holiday is pronounced "Ex-Mas" (much as "ask" is officially pronounced "axe", as it is in many dialects today). The spirit of the holiday is markedly different, as people stay inside in fear of the robot Santa Claus who puts almost everyone on his naughty list and then tries to kill them. The underground mutants seem to celebrate Christmas, however, as they worship their giant unexploded nuclear missile on that day.
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' had Snowflake Day, an inclusive, non-specific holiday that replaced Christmas, as well as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, a year before the series. The Snowflake Day episode also contained a StopMotion scene where Santa Claus tells Snowflake Jake, the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot holiday's pirate-captain mascot]], that he's realized that "a harmless celebration of our religions ''is'' oppressive."
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' includes a winter celebration wherein people '''all over the galaxy''' put up decorated fir trees, exchange presents, and eagerly await the nighttime arrival of Santa Claus. It's only ever referred to as "the holiday."
* ''MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' has "Animas". It involves embraces your instincts to know what day is Animus and sniffing out the holiday communal territory marking rock so you can add to it.
* {{Nickelodeon}} series ''ChalkZone'' has a holiday episode where the people of Chalk Zone celebrate something called "Chris-hanukah-mas" and "Rama-kwanzaa-dan". No mention of Tet anywhere, though. Apparently, Buddhism doesn't exist in Chalk Zone.
* On ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', FunnyForeigner Rolf celebrates Christmas just like the other kids of the cul-de-sac... sorta. As revealed in the ChristmasSpecial "Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle", Christmas in Rolf's [[{{Ruritania}} Old Country]] is a bit closer to the original Yule: his living room is decorated with meats, fish, and cheeses, and instead of receiving presents from Santa, good little boys and girls receive gifts of food from Yeshmiyek, an old bearded witch who lives at the center of the Earth. There's even a song about her, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyTWGZmtDQs if you dare to listen]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' uses Low Tides Day. People put their boots into the water, and in the morning when the water has been pushed back, there is a gift inside (left by Poseidon). Bad people get thrown in sacks and tossed around by mermen. But, [[spoiler:at the end of the special, Poseidon "rewrites the rules" of the holidays so that it mirrors a modern-day Christmas in the USA (you get a present whether you're good or bad, etc.)]]
* The PBS kids cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' had an episode, Starlight Night, where penguin cyber-citizens celebrated a holiday where penguins used special fairydust to fly around their town and give out presents, including a very corny "Holiday" song.
** Starlight Night also involved all of {{Cyberspace}} celebrating the relighting of Cyberspace's stars (in a fashion similar to the countdown to the midnight balldrop in Times Square on New Year's Eve, complete with a Starlight Night parade grand marshal pulling a switch to relight said stars).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' (despite being set in the pre-Columbian Incan Empire) features 'Kuzmas' (and other holidays such as 'Kuzcoween'). The series is ambiguous as to whether it takes place in a Flintstones-like past, or in the present in a modern day Peruvian village.
** This series' closest counterpart to Christmas is 'Giftmas', when Papa Santos grants wishes to nice people who believe him and would even make Kuzco emperor again had it been wished by someone in the nice list. However, Papa isn't all-knowing, considering his naughty list has 'Yzma' and 'Amzy' as second and third naughtiest. (At least until Kuzco started to work his way out of the list)
* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' had an episode where the characters celebrate "Love Day" instead of Valentine's Day.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' Christmas is called "Knishmas" in line with the series' naming everything after food. It involves making large {{Gingerbread House}}s for Knish Kringle, a large caterpillar like version of Santa that will trash the house if the GingerbreadHouse isn't to his tastes.
* There is a ''[[SuperMarioBrosSuperShow Super Mario World]]'' episode with "Cave Christmas", which Mario and Luigi actually state is invented by them because the cavepeople don't know what Christmas is.
* ''DinoRiders'' had an episode where the Valorians stranded on Earth celebrate "[[ThanksgivingEpisode Thanksgiving]]." Since they are time travelers from the future and know of Earth's prehistoric animals, it is never clear whether they are HumanAliens, or merely humans who settled on Valoria at some point. If the latter, then their celebration may actually ''be'' a descendant of the American UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay holiday. If the former, then it is merely their own home-grown holiday for giving thanks.
* ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' has the characters celebrating a holiday called the Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights, which revolves around presents and visiting loved ones. Oh, and there's also fireworks.
* ''WatershipDown'' had the Feast of Frith (definitely not in the book) which ''just happened'' to fall on December 24.
* An animated ChristmasSpecial based on the comic strip ''B.C.'' had the cavemen celebrating X-mas, explaining that they hoped to get "X amount of presents".
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' has "Clearance Day," an obvious comment on the commercialization of the holiday season. The holiday was invented by Clarence von Clearance when he discovered that there was a whole week on the calendar with no holidays in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' has Harvest Day, complete with its own version of Santa Claus, the Harvest Hog.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony: Twinkle Wish Adventure'' has the Winter Wishes Festival, which has all the trappings of Christmas, but is never referred to anything other than "holiday." The main attraction of the festival is placing the Twinkle Wish Star on top of the Ever-Forevergreen tree, a huge pine tree in the center of town, decorated with ornaments and colored lights. Once the star is up there, it grants everyone "one holiday wish."
** This seems to be a unicorn thing as the ponies in Ponyville celebrate Christmas, as shown in ''A Very Minty Christmas''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** One episode is about the pony equivalent of Christmas, "Hearth's Warming Eve". It's also about the founding fillies of Equestria using friendship to survive and defeat a long winter, making it more of a collision between a National Day and Thanksgiving which is just celebrated using typical Christmas decorations.
** In "Winter Wrap Up", Rainbow Dash alludes to the "awesome holidays" that apparently dot the entire winter season, so there may be more of these that haven't yet been mentioned.
** They also have their equivalents of Halloween (Nightmare Night, which celebrates the legend of Nightmare Moon as centuries of poor history education had led everyone to understand her) and Valentine's Day (Hearts and Hooves Day, which [[ItsAlwaysSpring apparently takes place during spring or early fall]]).
** And depending on your perspective, you could throw in a couple of pagan holidays as well: the Summer Sun Celebration (Summer Solstice) and Winter Wrap-Up (Vernal Equinox, albeit a day early and with a focus on [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows actually physically changing the seasons]]).
* ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' adores this trope. Among the holidays referenced include Valentine's Day (Heartwood Day), Halloween (Bug-a-Boo Day) and Christmas (Holly Day).
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren & Stimpy]]'' has the infamous Yak Shaving Day.
** The album ''Ren & Stimpy's Crock o' Christmas'' features Yaksmas, which was later featured on the show in the episode "A Scooter for Yaksmas".
* RobotAndMonster has Baconmas, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is a celebration of Bacon]], and how it [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext holds society together]].
* The Nicktoon ''LittleBear'' had their characters celebrating the Winter Solstice, and it even had its own song.
* ''TrippingTheRift'': The Santa clown celebration.
* The latest incarnation of ''StrawberryShortcake'' has the inhabitants of Berry Bitty City celebrating First Frost, which is essentially the solstice, but with a little bit of Thanksgiving thrown in for good measure. The celebration includes marching through the patch with berry lanterns (in remembrance of the first settlers of BBC, who did so to save their crops), giving gifts (only the girls do this, though. The Berrykins have their own tradition that isn't mentioned), and ends with a fancy dress ball called the Glimmerberry Ball.
* Quoting the listing for ''[[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda The Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special]]'': Po learns that his duties as Dragon Warrior will prevent him from spending his favorite holiday, the Winter Feast, with his family.
* ''[[CareBears Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'' has the Care Bears celebrating the Giving Festival.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'', instead of Christmas they celebrate Yam Ween.
* ''Frosty Returns'' has the characters celebrate a "Winter Festival" without ever mentioning Christmas. This seems especially strange since CBS always airs ''FrostyTheSnowman'' before it, and the two specials share [=DVDs=] and Blu-Ray Discs, and ''that'' contains a frequent number of references to Christmas.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' has a short special called ''Gift of the Night Fury'', in which the Vikings celebrate “Snoggletog” by decorating a big green tree, hanging up lights, exchanging gifts, and so on. Astrid decides she wants to start some new holiday traditions. Among other things, she serves a drink called Yak-Nog. The need to make up a new holiday for this franchise seems a bit odd, since it's an historical fact that the vikings celebrated Yule or the Winter Solstice long before the Nordic countries were christened.
-->'''Hiccup''': Why we chose such a stupid name remains a mystery.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'' has "Just Because I Love You Day" for Valentine's Day.
* The "Winter Harvest Festival" on the planet of Galaluna in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan.'' On Earth, Ilana plans the school's dance (which is in winter, or at least snow) in the style of her planet's festival, but nothing indicates it's Christmastime in Illinois.
* An early ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode had Kyle's mother complain about the Nativity play the school were running and the Christians countering that references to Santa should be taken out. By the time the play comes around, it's "The Happy, Non-Offensive, Non-Denominational Christmas Play" with Philip Glass composing the soundtrack. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9TeVdW8sYA It goes about as well as expected.]]
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[[folder:Other]]
* Localities in the SocietyForCreativeAnachronism often accommodate their members' desire for a Christmas party by scheduling a winter solstice "revel", an event that many of their personas in its AnachronismStew would have celebrated in one way or another. Too often for SCA [[ReadTheFreakingManual authenticity mavens']] taste, [[AristocratsAreEvil someone in power]] insists that the obligatory evergreens include an [[ArtisticLicense obvious Christmas tree]], which not only contravenes the SCA rule against favoring any religion but is significantly later than the Society's chosen pre-17th century period. But the feasting, dancing, and rejoicing manage to survive such contretemps.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Russia, Christmas is only a religious holiday, rarely specially celebrated. But there is an equivalent to Western Christmas, the New Year. It's the New Year that is celebrated with decorated trees, presents and fireworks.
** It mostly has to do with the fact that Christmas, a religious holiday, was banned in the militantly atheist days of early Soviet Russia. Soon, however, the social, strictly secular aspects of celebration were reallowed, but, the religious holiday still being heavily discouraged, they kind of latched on the ClosestThingWeGot — the New Year, which even before was largely seen as a chance to celebrate the Christmas second time without all that religious dourness.
** It is a similar case in Turkey which is Muslim, but has a Westernised culture. Christmas is not observed but all the usual Christmas paraphenelia (gifts, Santa, trees) are linked to New Year celebrations.
* In the USA, Hanukkah has become the ersatz Christmas for Jews. It's not a particularly holy or important day[[note]] it is basically a celebration of military victory, the religious equivalent of V-J Day[[/note]], but because it happens to fall around Christmas, it receives extra attention from many Jewish families who are feeling left out of the holiday season. Some families have even added trees to the celebration, calling them "Hanukkah Bushes," but this is itself a DeadHorseTrope among Jews. Christmas Day spent seeing a movie and eating Chinese food is [[PekingDuckChristmas its own trope]].
* ChristmasInJapan is actually very popular, even though most Japanese aren't Christians. However, Japanese Christmas isn't anything close to Western Christmas. It's more like Valentine's Day with elves, Santa Claus hats and [[ChristmasCake cake]]. New Year's has closer emotional associations, being a very family-and-home oriented holiday, and most TV channels will ring in the new year with beautiful solemn images of shrines tolling bells in remote, snow-covered locations.
* The Republic of China, a.k.a. Taiwan, celebrates its Constitution Day on December the 25th. This was arranged deliberately by the republic's first President, Chiang Kai-shek. Chiang, who was Christian, wanted an excuse to make Christmas a public holiday in a predominantly Buddhist/Taoist society.
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