->''"Back on Earth we called 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. Opposite of EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas.

!! Examples:


[[folder: Advertising]]
* One of the [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Nickmas]] commercials from the early 2000's stated that the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' characters were celebrating Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Winter Solstice. Others have various Nicktoon characters celebrating Nickmas.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''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 [[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/SoundOfTheSky'' 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, although it is celebrated in the middle of June, bears a suspicious resemblance to Christmas, at least [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan as celebrated by the Japanese]]. Somewhat subverted because A: the festival has nothing to do with exchanging gifts,[[note]]The big celebration is that they eat 'shou-jen' for the night (vegetarian),[[/note]] and B: actual Christmas is also celebrated in the same story.
* [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Early Seasons]] of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime had a couple of {{Surprise Santa Encounter}}s, but the EarthDrift of the franchise put a kibosh on that. Fast forward to the ''XY'' saga, where Ash's visit to Coumarine Gym and Serena's first Performance [[ContrivedCoincidence coincides]] with the celebration of the Pledge Tree festival where the Gym (which is a huge tree) is all lit up and trainers present gifts to their Pokemon ([[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan though not to fellow trainers]], [[ShipTease for the most part]]). Incidentally, it aired in Japan a month after the civil New Year and two weeks before the Chinese New Year. Another episode from the same saga has a HalloweenEpisode about a "Gourgeist Festival", where the characters dress up as Pokemon at night and trade candies with each other.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{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 #2) had a Christmas theme, complete with an {{energy being|s}} based on Santa Claus and evil aliens based on the Grinch.
* The UK ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'' comics introduced Rammastide, which while technically celebrating 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{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 Creator/WarrenEllis, what do you expect?
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'':
** In the original pre-Crisis continuity 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.
** ComicBook/PostCrisis, as seen in ''DCU Holiday Bash'' #3, the Amazons celebrate Solstice with a contest of strength. When Artemis criticises Diana for celebrating Christmas, Wonder Woman seems to attack her, but she's actually just demonstrating she can still follow Amazon traditions as well.
* ''DCU Holiday Special '09'' revealed that in the future of the Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, all the midwinter festivals have been merged into a single event, simply called Holiday.

* 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.
* In the ''Fanfic/ThisTimeRound'' fic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/316460/1/A-TDF-Christmas-TTR A TDF Christmas]]", the Trakenite equivalent is Keeper's Day. (This gets a ContinuityNod in the later "[[http://www.ttrarchive.com/ncc1.html Nyssa's Christmas Carol]]".)
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4741006/1/Shadow-Realm-Holiday Shadow Realm: Holiday]]'', is a one-chapter fic set in an AlternateReality where [[Anime/YuGiOh Duel Spirits]] live; while there is no Christmas in this world (justified, as there is nothing similar in their history), the fic shows the residents celebrating All Shadow's Beginning, which is similar.
* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', the Smurfs celebrate Redemption Day, which is the closest thing to Ash Wednesday for them as far as religious celebrations go.

* TheFilmOfTheBook version of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' [[LampshadeHanging mentions]] that Hogswatchnight bears "a remarkable resemblance to your Christmas."
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', Drax says that his father would recount the story of how he impregnated Drax's mother every winter solstice.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin at one point complains that he looks like a "midwinter tree" with all the jewelery he's wearing.
* 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]]. Creator/{{Herodotus}} concludes that "Exmas" (the commercial racket) and "Crissmas" (the religious festival) are two entirely distinct festivals that just happen to fall on the same day. 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.)
* 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. Traditions include strings of paper sausages, an oak tree in a pot, and of course the Hogfather in his sleigh pulled by four wild boars called Rooter, Tusker, Gouger and Snouter.
** The name is a combination of New Year's Eve being "Hogmanay" in Scotland and "Watch Night" in traditionalist Christian communities (and also a pun on "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 "soul cakes" used to be given on All Souls Day in real life) and Easter (there's a "Soul Cake Duck" who lays chocolate eggs).
* Winterfair on the planet Barrayar in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] books, which involves gift-giving and family get-togethers. 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.) 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.
* Another example is Erastide, winter solstice festival and the most important holiday in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. It includes a [[strike:Christmas pageant]] Erastide play, with masked family members reenacting the roles of the Seven Gods. According to ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' it's mainly celebrated in Senderia - since they don't have a single patron god like the other kingdoms - and while it's supposed to be the day the Seven Gods created the world, it's actually an arbitrary date.
* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series by Creator/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.
* Creator/AnneBishop's ''Literature/BlackJewels'' trilogy has Winsol (presumably meaning "winter solstice"), an obvious stand-in for Christmas, complete with tree and gifts.
* 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.
* ''Literature/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 Literature/DeptfordMice -- from the Creator/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 ''Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection'' 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 ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', the people of Krynn celebrate Yule (as a Christmas stand-in, Yule being an archaic name for Christmas), Harvest-Come (Halloween, complete with carving faces onto gourds) and Spring Dawning (Easter).
* One of the ''Literature/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 [[TruthInTelevision 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.
* One of the ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess'' books has Rapunzel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' celebrating what is essentially Halloween but in summer (on Marmalade Moon Night). She uses watermelons instead of pumpkins for making Jack-o'-lanterns.
* The FramingDevice of ''The Legend of Podkin One-Ear'' (and the opening of the story itself) is set on Bramblemas Eve, when presents are left in the warren by the mysterious Midwinter Rabbit.
* ''Literature/LlamaLlama Holiday Drama'' has Llama Llama and his Mama Llama doing holiday sales and otherwise prepping for the holidays, eventually resulting in "holidrama," but even though all the details are Christmasy, the word "Christmas" is never mentioned. In the board book ''Llama Llama Jingle Bells'', however, they explicitly celebrate Christmas and a "[[SantaClaus Llama Santa]]" is even mentioned.
* In ''Literature/ADogsPurpose'', the protagonist is a dog who [[InnocentInaccurate doesn't understand humans much]]. He refers to Thanksgiving and Christmas as "Happy Thanksgiving" and "Merry Christmas".
* ''[[Literature/ATaleOf A Tale of the Wicked Queen]]'' treats Winter Solstice as the equivalent of Christmas.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'' plays this trope straight with the Thanksgiving-esque "Thanks-A-Lot Day," but averts it with Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day, which are all celebrated in Wonderland, albeit in unusual ways.
* While ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' 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.
* ''Series/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 referred to as The Longest Night of the Year.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' reveals the existence of a St. Valentine's Day equivalent called Eros Day.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]]":
-->'''Dean:''' "Ha ha ha! Merry Happy!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': As shown in the page quote, this is {{discussed|Trope}} in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]], where [[TheScrooge Kazran Sardick]] mentions in narration that the first settlers of his planet called Christmas "The Crystal Feast". It's averted in the rest of the episode, however, as Christmas is actually called "Christmas".
* ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' has a ChristmasEpisode where the characters fuss over Christmas Eve dinner, and the Matthews family has a large, beautiful Christmas tree. However, no one ever actually says the word "Christmas".
* ''Series/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.
* Ernest P. Worrell spends an entire of episode of ''[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Hey Vern! It's Ernest]]'' trying to celebrate all the holidays of the year in one day.
* A sketch on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' 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.
* The second season of ''Series/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.
* 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/TheOC'' featured resident DeadpanSnarker Seth Cohen inventing "Chrismukkah" to cope with having a Jewish father and a Christian mother.
* 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.
* 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'' sometimes gives suspiciously similar holidays to alien cultures to make up for the general lack of human holidays.
** ''[[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.
* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' is rather infamous for its "Life Day."
* ''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."
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' 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.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/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 and likened to Christmas.
* Jingle Day in ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' episode Mrs Zabarelli's Holiday Baton".
* The first ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/TheFurchesterHotel'' has Monster Monster Day, which is apparently Elmo's favourite holiday, despite him never once mentioning it in ''Series/SesameStreet''. The second one is just Christmas.
* ''Johnny and the Sprites'' celebrate "Brightly Shining".
* ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' has its own uncannily parallel holiday from 60 million years in the past: Refrigerator Day.

* 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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/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 ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}'' nations' calendars are littered with Expies of familiar RealLife holidays, such as Ierendi's tropical version of Christmas (ribbon-bedecked palm trees).

* ''Toys/{{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.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGames/Destiny2'': Citizens of the Last City, and presumable other surviving humans, celebrate The Dawning at the end of every year. Justified, as [[TheArchmage Ikora]] explicitly describes it as a combination of thousands of holiday traditions from before the Collapse, including ([[LovableRogue Cayde]]'s favorite) giving each other gifts.
* 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 [[BilingualBonus "El Dia de Los Muertos Borrachos"]].
** 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...
* The Starlight Celebration also appears in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. This time it is started by a Santa Clausque commander of Ishgard and his knights bringing succor to kids by dressing them up in their red uniforms and hiding them in the Barracks during winter, and also like ''XI'', the ''in game'' religions don't seem to be referenced with the holidays. Also like XI, they also incorporate other holidays into the game in all but name. Short List:
** Heavensturn, a New years event, inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. Emissaries from the far east show up with tasks related to the new Zodiac year. Eeorza itself do not actually follow these views and are instead celebrating the the end of year; which means each of The Twelve; the local gods, have had a month and it's time to start over. Notably an event which has ties to the In-Universe religion ironically.
** Valentione's Day, obviously a Valentine's day event. Named for Countess Arabelle de Valentione of Ishgard, who's quest for love centuries ago became famous. Her descendants in House Valentione are in the main runners of the holiday, doing their best to carry on her sprit and help others find love. The holiday, like the real Valintine's day, has been noted to to have become over commercialized as of late, largely due to the Culinarin's guild and their wares of chocolates.
** Little Ladies' Day, based on Girl's day/Dolls day. Notably the only largely Japanese holiday with elements of the Prince and the Pauper. A largely Ul'dahin holiday, it was created when the daughter of a now long deceased Sultan traded places with the daughter of a miller and snuck out. The Sultan, discovering the ruse, assumed she was kidnapped and ordered the fake's home ransacked. The princess was actually discovered near the palace and taken home, where she revealed her own actions. Her father, horrified at his own unjust actions, rebuilt the girl's home and offered himself as the miller girl's Senshel for day. As the story spread of his humility, the Sultan declared this would be a yearly tradition with him acting as the Senshal to a randomly selected girl. In memory of this event, Modern men (largely their fathers) serve girls as their own Senshal for the day, and princess doll sets are common.
** Hatching Tide inspired by Easter, noted to be a fairly new holiday created shortly before the Calamity by Jihli Aliapoh, a Miqo'te woman to claims to have had visions from the Twelve Archons of old, of them returning from the heavens atop brightly decorated eggs. Her followers help spread these visions and try to recreate them for her. To her credit, many of them do come true, in a manner of speaking. Like modern Easter, decorated eggs are everywhere and egg hunts are common.
** The Moonfire Faire: A generic "It's summer!" celebration. Originally created as the Firefall Faire, the first in game holiday. (It was renamed in it's second year, and the name stuck) A fairly new holiday, it was created by the Cascadiers to get citizens to help fend of an invasion of the classic ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' monster, the Bomb, at the Lomisan beaches.. When the bombs stopped returning after a few years the celebrations continued unabated and became a general fun in the sun event. Swimwear or summer Kimonos are often given out for this event while fireworks are common.
*** The Rising, a nonholiday holiday, as it's simply a anniversary event for the Relaunch of the game out of universe, while in universe it serves as a memorial to the Calamity. A fairly low key event and takes place during the Moonfire Faire, creating a somber element amongst the festivities, though special fireworks are set off in memorial. Replaced Founding Day, which was the original game anniversary and a honoring of the founding of the Eeorzan Alliance.
** All Saints' Wake, a Halloween event. Belived to be a night in which the various historical figures of greet deeds, who are pictured on Guild Leves, can not watch over the living from the heavens as the Twelve themselves invite them to dinner. Monsters are said to stalk the night unabated, well, more unabated then normal. Citizens were said to hide at home and bar their doors, and if they had to go out, they disguised themselves as monsters, leading to a very western Halloween celebration in modern times. The stories tend to be somewhat true, as monsters disguised as people, or monsters disguised as people disguised as monsters, often posing as the Continental Circus, infiltrate the various towns. Despite their best effort they tend to be harmless or easily thwarted.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube. 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.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Tamriel has the "New Life" festival on the 25th of Evening Star (December), and is even explicitly described as a 'time of gift giving'.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''Bloodmoon'' expansion has a side quest with a Santa Claus-type figure named Uncle Sweetshare. (Only instead of presents, he gives you drugs.) 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.)
* 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.
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' did some similar winks and nods, including a downloadable decorated tree prop, a speeder with gawdy strings of lights attached, those red robes as customizable armor, and 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 limited to special drops with no other events.
* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series features mostly UsefulNotes/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 a few games where you can actually unlock a holiday called the Goddess Festival in honor of -- who else? -- the Harvest Goddess.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'':
** Maplemas. Cue eye rolls.
** Also, Versalmas, which is the same as Maplemas but more purple.
* ''VideoGame/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'':
** ''Team Fortress 2'' 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]].
* ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Mercenary Day, which was invented by the Dahl Corporation as a promotional stunt in which all mercenary services were free for a day. In Pandora, it's since been adopted as the resident equivalent of Christmas.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims3'''s ''Seasons'' expansion has "Snowflake Day", where you can have a "Gift-giving party". Other off-brand holidays include Love Day, Spooky Day (which, despite the name, is a combination of Halloween and Thanksgiving), and Leisure Day (Independence Day).
* ''Videogame/{{Splatoon}}'':
** ''Splatoon'' has Squidmas, mentioned by the Squid Sisters [[spoiler:when re-fighting DJ Octavio]], as the main theme of the North American Splatfest "Naughty vs. Nice", and as an aside when the European Splatfest "North Pole vs. South Pole" was introduced:
-->'''Callie:''' [...]Don't you want to go visit Father Squidmas? I'm voting for the North Pole!\\
'''Marie:''' You know Father Squidmas is just Gramps, right?\\
'''Callie:''' Hmph, you can believe what you want. It's your fault if you get a lump of coral for Squidmas!
** ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' also references Squidmas in the "Sweaters vs. Socks" Splatfest. While introducing said Splatfest, [[TokenHeroicOrc Marina]] mentions Octivus, which is presumably the Octarian equivalent of Squidmas, before she remembers she's surrounded by Inklings and hurriedly uses a VerbalBackspace of "or whatever holiday you celebrate!"
* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'', like [[VideoGame/HarvestMoon the game series]] [[SpiritualSuccessor it is basically an unofficial installment of]], has its fair share of in-game holidays that are analogous to real-life ones. The Egg Festival is Easter, Spirit's Eve is Halloween, and the Feast of the Winter Star is Christmas (complete with a Secret Santa-like gift exchange).
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemHeroes'': The Spring Festival is an Easter counterpart, featuring painted eggs and characters dressed up like bunnies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': The monsters in the underground invented a tradition of putting presents for one another under a decorated tree as a result of some teenagers picking on deer-like monster by decorating its tree-like horns against its will, so they gave it gifts to make it feel better. Though they don't specify a specific day or even a specific time of year that they exchange gifts, it's still very clearly a Christmas tree with a star on top, with the same gift-giving tradition associated with it.
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has "Twistmas", which is basically Christmas except without Jesus and Santa delivers to adults too, and "Pranksgiving", which is basically April Fool's.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Lampshaded in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0047.html this]] ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' strip; the joke, of course, is that in the ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* Taken to its logical extreme in ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' where the titular character creates "X-Holiday", a more secularized and commercial version of Christmas. Buy your festive X-Holiday obelisks today!
* ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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".
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' has Winter-een-mas, invented by [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ethan McManus]] during one particularly cold winter. Despite not taking place during the end of the year, it is held in winter, is celebrated over an extended season that ends with the holiday itself, has a central figure in the King of Winter-een-mas (which is Ethan), and has themes of appreciating what one has, specifically video games. It also has parallels to the Church of Gaming, also created by Ethan.
* In ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'', almost every race seems to have its own holiday around the winter solstice.The Gastonians have Axemas, as well as a Passing Day for giving gifts to the poor. The gnomes have (well, had) Spanner's Eve, the trolls have a Tectonicalia (similar to the Saturnalia in Ancient Rome), the Savasi dwarves have an Olympics-like competition, and the gnolls have another gift-giving holiday called Traal. Both the puns and the coincidental timing of the celebrations make perfect sense once it's revealed where Arkerra came from.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', the Wonderlandians celebrate Lights Festival, which happens in winter and involves exchanging gifts. In a unique spin, it has its own reason to be (unification of Suit tribes) and its own paraphernalia (lanterns).
* Gently parodied in the ''Webcomic/FuzzyKnights'' ChristmasSpecial storybook ''Little Bear Awakens'', where it's revealed that the Fuzzies (whose entire culture and society is based on borrowed concepts from the humans) celebrate "Newchristmashannakwanzaeidyear," a mash-up of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Fitr and New Year's, which is held on a randomly-chosen day in December.
--> "It's not about that Political Correctness crap. Fuzzies don't have their own religion, but all religions have good Stories. So we have this instead. At least until we find a way to shorten the name..."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The character ''WebAnimation/{{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...
* Website/{{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 ''Roleplay/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.
* WebVideo/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.
* ''Literature/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.
-->'''Goku:''' Well what'd you get for Freeza Day?
-->'''Turles:''' He blew our planet up!
* In the abridged ''Franchise/XMen'' 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.
* ''Podcast/MyBrotherMyBrotherAndMe'' has Candlenights, a "pan-religious, pan-sexual, personal pan pizza winter holiday" which the brothers celebrate with a family-friendly, obscenity-free episode of the podcast. It later crossed over into their sister podcast ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'', which had [[AnAsskickingChristmas a special Candlenights arc]].
* ''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.
* ''Podcast/{{Qwerpline}}'': Nsburg celebrates "Fourth Quarter Holiday". Instead of decorating a tree in the town square, they use it to start a bonfire.
* ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' takes the trope and runs with it as they celebrate 'Nondescript Winter Holiday', complete with Christmas Tree and presents.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/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."
* ''WesternAnimation/RoliePolieOlie'' featured "Jingle-Jangle-Day", indistinguishable from Christmas in its secular trappings. Jingle-Jangle-Claus (seriously) even puts in an appearance. There's also Spooky Ooky Day (Halloween) and Gooey Hearts Day (Valentine's Day)
* 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, so while this is the {{Trope Namer|s}}, it's closer to an inversion of SantaClausmas. The underground mutants seem to celebrate Christmas, however, as they worship their [[CargoCult 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."
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} series ''WesternAnimation/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, the series 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 ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' episode with "Cave Christmas", which Mario and Luigi actually state is invented by them because the cavepeople don't know what Christmas is.
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/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 Peter (voiced by Bob Elliot) accidentally discover how nice it is to give something to someone. So, with the help of Wiley (voiced by Ray Goulding), he puts together a scam: a fake holiday where everyone gives everyone else gifts, in the name of a mythical figure called Santa Claus. And Peter & Wiley hope to make a bundle by selling everyone rocks (as gifts) and trees (as decorations). Since their plan involves selling " ''X'' amount of gifts to the ''masses''", they call the holiday Xmas. But, as could be expected, things don't turn out as they planned: [[spoiler: Santa is actually ''real'']].
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'':
** ''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."
** Averted in ''A Very Minty Christmas'' where the ponies in Ponyville celebrate Christmas. The Winter Wishes Festival seems to be a unicorn thing.
* ''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. As seen in "A Hearth's Warming Tale", it even has [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol its own in-universe equivalent of]] ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.
** 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]]).
* Averted on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The series itself did not have any holiday specials but Christmas was mentioned twice.
* ''WesternAnimation/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]]'':
** There is 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".
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster'' has Baconmas, which is a celebration of Bacon, and how it [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext holds society together]].
* The Nicktoon ''Literature/LittleBear'' had their characters celebrating the Winter Solstice, and it even had its own song.
* ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift'': The Santa clown celebration.
* The 2009 reboot of ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* The citizens of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' apparently love Halloween so much, they celebrate it a second time in late June and call it "Summerween". Aside from the jack-o-lanterns carved out of watermelons and the presence of a sinister "Summerween Trickster", it has the typical trappings of Halloween.
* Because Halloween is the day that WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs celebrate Jokey's birthday, a similar holiday called Spook-A-Smurf Eve is celebrated by the main characters in the cartoon episode "Monster Smurfs." There's also Smurfy Friendship Day, which is basically a second Valentine's Day for the Smurfs, and the Feast Of Plenty, which is probably the closest thing they have to a Thanksgiving.
* ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' has "Jolly Day" for Christmas.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'' shows the denizens of the Mesozoic celebrate the winter solstice. In addition, the northern ''Troodon'' also celebrate a "Festival of Lights" (the "lights" referring to the aurora borealis).
* In ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', the villains have their own anti-Christmas called Chaos-mas, where Kinder Kreep comes up from the toilet to give presents to the evilest of villains.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'', the kingdom of Enchancia celebrates "Wassailia" during a certain day in winter. It's as grand and family-togetherness-based as Christmas, and the traditional décor is only slightly different...while the holiday is not given an actual origin. ("Wassailing" is a paganish version of caroling in RealLife.) In the book "Sofia's First Christmas", Christmas is celebrated in Zumaria. Regardless of the book being canon or not, Christmas is hinted to exist in the cartoon when a reference to Santa Claus is made in the second Wassailia episode. While gifts are part of Wassailia, neither Santa nor any similar character is said to be.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' has the characters celebrating what they call the "Bright Circle Celebration". It has elements of Thanksgiving (since the characters are showing appreciation for what they have) and New Year's Eve (not only do some characters make resolutions, but it also starts snowing near the end of the episode, showing that the episode takes place around winter).
* ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' has the gang celebrate "Icemas", an ice-themed variation of the holiday with Man-Arctica as the Santa Clause. Despite this, [[NegativeContinuity the real holiday is mentioned in two early episodes before this.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LongLiveTheRoyals'' has the Yule Hare festival, which is a mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Alex is the only person that actually believes the Yule Hare legend. [[spoiler:It turns out the Yule Hare is real.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CreativeGalaxy'' has the story "Heart Day," which is promoted as a Valentine's Day special, but the holiday is called "Heart Day" within the story, as indicated by the title. Eye-rolling may commence because even though the characters are all aliens, the show also has a ChristmasEpisode, with Christmas actually called "Christmas."
* ''Little Charmers'' has the characters celebrating "Sparkle Night".
* On ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' the people of Mewni celebrate "Stump Day", where they share love and good cheer in honor of the Great Stump that sheltered the first Mewman settlers during their first winter... and as Star and her friends find out, [[HappinessIsMandatory there had better be good cheer]] ''[[SurpriseCreepy or else]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' episode "You're A Good Man, Mojo Jojo," celebrates Generic Tree-Lighting Day, a secular substitute for Christmas (obviously).

* Localities in the UsefulNotes/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.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* New Year's instead of Christmas in Russia.
** Christmas was always a very religious holiday in Russia, and New Year's was popular as a chance to celebrate Christmas again without all the candles and dourness. The Soviet Union was militantly anti-religious until Stalin got religion in 1942, and even after that it was hard for the religious to rise very far in the Soviet state. The USSR moved the Christmas festivities over to New Year's, complete with [[TheMoralSubstitute a secular Santa Claus]]. Even today, with Putin trying to help the [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Russian Orthodox Church]] rebuild popular belief, New Year's is the winter festival season and Christmas is far from universal.
** New Year's is also earlier than Christmas. The USSR switched to the Gregorian calendar in the 1920s, but the [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Russian Orthodox Church]] still follows the [[AlternativeCalendar Julian Calendar]], so [[UsefulNotes/RussianHolidays Christmas Day]] falls on Gregorian January 7th.
* Turkey, a highly Westernized Muslim country, also celebrates a Christmas-like New Year's -- with gifts, trees, and even a Santa Claus counterpart.
* Hanukkah is a minor holiday in the Jewish religious calendar -- a celebration of a military victory against the Seleucids, a sort of religious V-J Day -- but it's a minor holiday that just happens to fall close to Christmas, and it's come to be a huge cultural event in the US. Some families even add trees to the celebration, calling them "Hanukkah Bushes," but this is itself a DeadHorseTrope among Jews -- perhaps particularly because the Christmas tree is a pagan European custom (specifically a pagan German one), not specifically Christian and definitely not Jewish.
** Christmas Day spent seeing a movie and eating Chinese food is [[PekingDuckChristmas its own trope]].
* Most Japanese aren't Christians, [[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInJapan but that does nothing to stop them]]. Japanese Christmas is a romantic holiday, like St. Valentine's Day with elves, hats, and [[ChristmasCake cake]]. It's New Year's that has Christmas-like associations, being a very family-, home-, and religion-oriented holiday; most TV channels will ring in the new year with majestic images of shrines tolling their 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.
* For the entire Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is a ''summer'' holiday, but it's still celebrated with the full Victorian paraphernalia. It's not unusual for an Australian Christmas (for example) to involve roast turkeys and fake snowmen during a 40 degree Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) day.
** And Surfer-Santa!
* Related to the above, most of the southern United States sees Christmas the same way that the Southern Hemisphere does due to it not getting cold enough to snow down there except in particularly high-altitude areas or during a freak cold-snap that coincides with both an incoming low-pressure system ''and'' the holiday itself. This has led to certain sights such as Florida flamingo lawn ornaments decorated with Santa hats and lights, snowmen made from sand on the beach and decorated with seashells, and the ever-present Surfer Santa or Santa in beach attire chilling on a lounge chair with a delightful beverage.