2013: Begins at sundown, November 27. Ends 23:59 on Jan 5
2011: 00:00:01 Dec 17 2011, ends 23:59 Jan 4
2010: Began at sundown, on the evening of December 1, ending 23:59 Jan 4
Solstmas is a new holiday term and meme to replace the many problematic, half-hearted, and anemic inclusive terms for the winter holiday period between mid-December and early January when non-retail business grinds to a halt in many parts of the world.
Solstmas is currently in draft mode, you can contribute! Solstmas is scheduled for live roll-out for the 2026 Solstmas, but is currently in beta testing. Solstmas is an open-source, community-defined holiday meme designed to be inclusive of every tradition and modern celebratory or slackful practice. It is both intended as a naturalistic descriptor of the period and cultural forms including Hannukah, Solstice, Christmas, Qwanza, New Years, business world nothing done-ism, humbugging, celebratory revelry and gluttonous indulgence.
During this beta-testing period, please see the Solstmas Wiki for more details and to contribute.
As of 2013, Solstmas in the United States has been redefined to start on the evening of the day before Thanksgiving and ending on January 4th or, if Jan 4th is on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the first Monday following the 4th of January. The schlepp appears permanent.
2008: Began 0:00, the morning of December 17, ending 23:59pm Jan 4.