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Who Needs Christmas?

December 24, 2012

In a light-hearted adaptation of Seinfeld's "Festivus", the GWU Secular Society got together on Saturday evening in a relaxed, stress-free environment amidst finals time, whilst celebrating the season.


No, there was no aluminum pole (too expensive!), or "Feats of Strength," and there were only some airings of grievances.

The event was essentially just a pot luck and a secular excuse to binge on an excess amount of (delicious!) food. One member deep-fried his own, homemade french fries, which were a huge hit. GWSS Treasurer, Garrett, made a massive amount of Mac and Cheese, which had to compete with Freshmen Rep Alicia's unique Minnesota-esque tater tot casserole. Outreach Coordinator Magdalena made brownies and adorable Charles Darwin Strawberries and Cream, VP Monica made vegan and non-vegan banana bread, and President Julie made pumpkin cookies. We also had some traditional chips and dip, veggie trays, pizza, a bundt cake, iced sugar cookies, bacon and cheddar croissant rolls, and more! Needless to say, we had way too much food (not that there is anything wrong with that!).

GWSS members play games

The group got together around 7:00 pm and the last of us disbanded around midnight. In that five hours there were games of chess, blind poker, cards, Elvish alphabet lessons, and even charades. There is also now an on-going game of Assassins going on on campus, which has about eleven of us on our toes as we wait to "killed". President Julie was "killed" Tuesday afternoon.

All in all, it was simple, but fun; something that many of us needed in the high stress of finals. It just goes to show that you don't need the miraculous birth of a savior to enjoy some good food and good company. We were able to start some traditions of our own and we look forward to continuing them in the years to come.


About the Author: Julie Mankowski

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Julie Mankowski is the president and founder of the George Washington University Secular Society.




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