by Scoobie Davis
Happy Festivus, Saturnalia, and Pancha Ganapati
I would wish all of you a Merry Christmas except that:
1) I'm not a Christian (my religious beliefs are described at the end of this post)
2) Christmas is overrated (more on this later)
3) Not wishing you a merry Christmas is one way to say f-you to the phony pro-Christmas warriors.
Festivus is officially celebrated on December 23 (though last year I celebrated it on December 25).
Saturnalia is a fun holiday. Why wait for Mardi Gras or Spring Break to party? As someone who analyzes film, I believe that It's a Wonderful Life represents an epic battle of Christmas versus Saturnalia. Bedford Falls represents Christmas and Pottersville represents the forces of Saturnalia. I much prefer Pottersville (Click here for an amusing explanation of why Pottersville gets a bad rap).
Pancha Ganapati is a December Hindu celebration. It involves the worship of Ganesha--who is my favorite Hindu deity.