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It's a Christmahanakwanzaavus Karaoke Holiday Bash!

Or Christmahanakwanzika.

Or Festivuskwanzaanukkahistmas.

What it is is the Tarrant County Libertarian Party's annual celebration of Festivus, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas and whatever other holiday season merriment one chooses to partake in.

And it's happening at Danny's Celtic Pub at 2824 Central Drive in Bedford, Texas on December 17 at 7:00 PM.

"This is our moment to relax and unwind," TCLP's Chair Allen Patterson explains, "in-between recruiting candidates and the upcoming convention work of 2014."

Danny's Celtic Pub offers food, drinks and karaoke.

But note that while karaoke is not (yet) one of the late-December religious, pagan or secular festival days those who wish to revel in all of the other many special celebrations occurring at this time of year are also invited.

Zunis and Hopis, for example, observe Soyal on December 21.

Pancha Ganapati is a five-day festival honoring Lord Ganesha on December 21–25.

Winter Solstice occurs on December 21-22 for those who choose to go a-solsticeing.

Persians can join in by celebrating their Winter Solstice, Yalda, during which they stay up all night – or at least until Danny's closes – eating pomegranates and watermelons.

Saxons are invited to celebrate their winter solstice festival Mōdraniht, or Mothers' Night, so bring your Moms!

Unitarian Universalists have already celebrated Chalica but they're still free to join in on the fun.

And don't forget those who commemorate Saint Stephen's Day, Saint John the Evangelist's Day, Holy Innocents' Day, Saint Sylvester's Day and Boxing Day.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no mention of any official Bah Humbug Day revelry.

On a serious note Patterson points out that libertarians are just as charitable as anyone else – they just insist on it being voluntary rather than government-mandated – and invites everyone to bring along such donation items as canned goods, gently used clothing and shoes.

"I know of an excellent charity organization at one of our local churches," he says, "and they always run low on clothing and food this time of year."

Patterson also warns that the merriment might be interrupted to make a few brief announcements but also reassures everyone that "the point of this political party's party is to avoid politics for one night."

Now about that "Hogmanay" in the headline. It's the Scottish New Year's Eve celebration that begins on the night of December 31 and doesn't end until dawn the next day.

Those Scots know how to party.

(Get all the details at Christmahanakwanzaavus Karaoke Holiday Bash)

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