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Celebrations! The Feelings of Festivus and Imaginary Holidays in Books

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Happy Festivus! Because you’re a person who lives in the world, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Festivus, of course, is the invented holiday ‘celebrated’ by George Costanza’s family (and my family, and maybe yours) originally seen on Seinfeld. In my last article, I wrote about the power of imaginary books–books that characters in novels talk about and read, but don’t really exist. (I suppose it must be said that all holidays are imaginary, in that someone, somewhere thought them up and told their buddies they had a great idea for a day off.) I thought about our human holidays, and how much of the trappings of Christmas, for instance, are just things we talk and sing about…

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