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Feeling disenchanted this holiday season? Well, there's a holiday for that. A Festivus for the Rest of Us, created by Seinfeld character Frank Costanza who thought the holidays became to be too much: too much buying, too much stress, too much glitz. Costanza's Festivus holiday included a Festivus pole, feats of strength and the ritual airing of grievances.
What other holidays take place during this time of year?
Bobble Tiki found seven local, lesser-known holidays this week, all without an admission charge.
MONDAY, DEC. 5: "Roadiem"
- Wake up a noon
- Watch Spinal Tap three times
- Drive to Ted Brown Music and discuss replacing heads and sandbagging hardware with the employees until they want to kill you
- Hit the free Percussion Ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. inside the Schneebeck Concert Hall at the University of Puget Sound
- Stay up until 4 a.m. building and dismantling an Erector Set
TUESDAY, DEC. 6: "Pretendus"
- Admit the biggest damper on holiday cheer is your adulthood
- Banish grown-ups
- Catch the free 10:30 a.m. Caspar Babypants show at the Tacoma Public Library in downtown Tacoma
- Make a fort in your living room
- Fall asleep to Shake It Up
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7: "Heat Miser Day"
- Sing the song, obviously
- Turn the heat dial in your car to 90
- Gather up your greener friends and head to the Joy Building on the University of Washington Tacoma campus for Ellen Moore's free 12:30 p.m. lecture titled "Feeling The Heat: How American Mainstream Media Cover Environmental Issues."
- Make fun of the people working at Baskin-Robbins
- Fall asleep with your electric blanket on
THURSDAY, DEC. 8: "Waterstock"
- Turn on the oven
- Tune in KZOK
- Cook a burrito
- Eat the burrito in front of The Dancing Lights Show, a computer-animated light show with music, featuring a 50-foot yacht decorated with more than 15,000 lights that turn on around 7 p.m. at the Olympia Yacht Club
- Think about dropping out, but instead play Angry Birds on your phone
FRIDAY, DEC. 9: "Mallard Day"
- Gather your entire extended family at the first annual "Duck the Halls Caroling Competition" at 6:30 p.m. at the Market Square in University Place. Bring food for the food bank.
- Put the younger generation in uncomfortable duck costumes
- Invite your Allstate agent because Aflac reduces ducks' humanity
- Eat bread pudding
SATURDAY, DEC. 10: "Brass Knocks"
- Put on your David Titterington black turtleneck sweater
- Watch every brass and organ concert on television
- When there isn't a brass and organ concert going on, talk about brass and organ concerts you saw over the last 10 years or are about to see with everyone around you
- Submit your brass and organ players to your fantasy league commissioner
- End the day with the free 7 p.m. Brass and Organ Christmas Concert at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor
SUNDAY, DEC. 11: "Wonder Year Day"
- Start your day with a bowl of Quisp
- Attend the free 2 p.m. book and slide presentation by Paul J. Stein on the 1962 Seattle World's Fair inside the Tacoma Public Library in downtown Tacoma
- Ride your bike accross town then call someone on a pay phone to pick you up
- Don't wear a seatbelt on the ride home
LINK: Santa Says Blog