Nobody will be enjoying a midnight kiss on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2012. Why? Because the world ends on Dec. 21, 2012 according to the Mayan calendar. There are plenty of other ways we can celebrate before then, however. These aren't your normal holidays. These are the bizarre, odd, off-the-wall holidays you need to celebrate at least once in your lifetime.Photo by Matthias Kabel/WIkimedia Commons
Plan Your Epitaph Day
It's time to decide what your tombstone will stay. Nov. 2 is the official holiday to plan your eternal message. Unless you plan to buy the stone and have it engraved ahead of time, it doesn't really matter what you decide it should stay. Nobody will be left to read it.
Forget zombies of the apocalypse. There's something scarier out there. His name is Krampus. With the end of the world nearing, mischievous behavior will be increasing. Why not bring all the naughtiest people you know together for a Krampusnacht party. Just as Santa Claus, a.k.a. St. Nick rewards the people on the nice list, Krampus punishes those on the naughty list. He's the darker side of festive, gift-giving season. He's depicted as a devil, has cloven hooves, and long horns. He's scary and menacing will come find anyone who's not behaving in the weeks leading up to the end of the world.
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Forget the calories and the fat content, skip the healthier dark chocolate, and indulge in some creamy milk chocolate on December 16, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. Dip apples, bananas, pretzels and cookies in warm and gooey chocolate. Leave the guilt behind. When the end of the world comes you won't regret one tasty bite.
Burning of the Devil
Similar to Krampusnacht parties and Krampus runs, the Burning of the Devil dates back to pre-Christian times. This Guatemalan holiday has its roots in [gulp] Mayan days. Get a fire permit before you celebrate this holiday. Clean clutter, dirt and dust out of the dark corners of your home, where evil spirits may be dwelling. Also bring out the garbage. Add an image of the devil to the top and burn it. The tradition is supposed to help clear the way for a devil-free Christmas, but it's also a good way to ensure the end of the world is devil-free.
National Flashlight Day
If you're busy assembling your doomsday preparation kit, you'll be happy to know, the makers of national holidays are taking you seriously. Sort of. Dec. 21 is National Flashlight Day. Just don't forget, a flashlight is only as good as its batteries.
When the end of the world comes and goes and we're all still here, there's a holiday for the rest of us, it's called Festivus. Enjoy a day (Dec. 23) of airing grievances, eating any food you want, and standing around a plain aluminum pole.