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« on: December 03, 2008 02:15:05 AM »

I'm not sure if this has been brought up before, and I'm not sure what a good alternative is... but down here in the Southern hemisphere it definitely isn't winter!
I'm pretty sure we still have most of those holidays though (not so sure on the midwinter one Wink)

I know the majority of traffic here is from the Northern hemisphere, but is there a worldwide name we could maybe use for this board instead?
It just niggles at me so I thought I'd ask.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008 06:37:08 AM »

Hmm... Well I chose that name because I was looking for a politically correct name for all of the holidays around this time of year whether they be religious or not (some people in the U.S. celebrate: Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukah, etc etc). Seems like it's the "time of year" to either celebrate something popular that lots of other people are celebrating or to come up with your own tradition which happens at the same time as the other major holidays.

Where you live, what do people use for a politically correct term for the whole "Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukah, etc" time of year? I can't say I'm definitely gonna change the name but I'd love to know. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008 01:17:02 PM »

Erm... "summer holidays", often! (So, absolutely no help, I'm sorry. I realise the whole point's rather silly if there's not an alternative. I was hoping maybe someone else would know of one. Guess not?)

[Christmas doesn't seem to be such a loaded term in the area of Australia where I live, so it gets used as a catch-all phrase, too. But I know it's not really an option.]



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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008 01:44:18 PM »

Thanks for your two cents. I do like to hear about other perspectives! Smiley I'll roll this around to see what else might make sense. I was thinking "December Holidays" but I can't remember if Hanukah sometimes falls in November.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008 01:48:52 PM »

Thanks for your two cents. I do like to hear about other perspectives! Smiley I'll roll this around to see what else might make sense. I was thinking "December Holidays" but I can't remember if Hanukah sometimes falls in November.

Not often, but a few years ago, Hanukkah was the same week as (American) Thanksgiving.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008 02:02:56 PM »

Plus there are some people/cultures that do a Christmas-like thing [with the three wise men... I can't remember the name. I apologize.] in January every year.

I'm going to mull this over.
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008 02:50:50 PM »

Yep, 6 January is Dia de los Reyes in Spain (and maybe Latin America, I don't know) and kids leave their shoes out for the Kings to fill them with presents.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008 05:51:28 PM »

Oh thank you thank you!!!!

It was niggling me too. Christmas is NOT about bloody snow and reindeer and stuff like that. Christmas is a BBQ with seafood, and watching the cricket and dozing on a sunny afternoon with a beer in hand and heat and all that... Mmmmm.... can't wait.

So.
I thought maybe "Silly Season" but for some it's not so much about the Silly.

I then thought "Year's End celebrations" - but other cultures run on different years and "End of Gregorian Calendar Year Celebrations" doesn't really cut it.

How about just a simple "Annual Celebrations" title? Though that's really a bit too broad... unless it's broken down internally after that by month (which would screw up moveable days like Easter)

Best bet I think is "End of Year" or "Turn of the Year" celebrations. In some ways that's even more broad, because it could also encompass aaah.... Rosh Hashanah (is that what it's called? Jewish New Year)  and Chinese New Year, and all the other sorts of New Years that exist.



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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2008 06:44:21 PM »

I always called them "the holidays", as in "What are you doing for the holidays?"  Pretty generic though, eh? Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2008 02:28:08 PM »

What about "festive holidays"? I associate the word festive with Christmas, etc, but I'm not sure everybody else does...
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