Many games have referenced the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. Most recently, Assassin’s Creed III incorporated this date as a time of great upheaval, a reversal of the natural order, and a great cataclysm. As with most doomsday dates, this one came and went with no major disasters, no magnetic pole shifts, sunspot flares, meteors plunging into the ocean, or zombies.

Every year my family likes to have an informal holiday party in late December. The first one was memorable for burritos and wine (not a gastricly satisfying combo) and the board game Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. The last few years, we’ve borrowed Festivus from the Seinfeld Show, with a simple, unadorned aluminum pole, Airing of the Grievances, and Feats of Strength. A Festivus for the rest of us. This year to mark the end of the Mayan calendar, we celebrated End of Us Festivus.

I tried to come up with a simple end of the world scenario, and let my house be the storybook. While I had fun decorating, as usual it was the energy and enthusiasm of our guests that made the party a blast to host. I never imagined we would go through 5 MREs for the Feats of Strength for example. If you were with us last night, thank you for helping to make the end of the world a blast.

 

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