Christmas Cancellation Announcement

Christmas Cancellation Announcement

Updated Dec 24, 2013 at 09:27PM EST by Brad.

Added Dec 23, 2011 at 02:28PM EST by mona_jpn.

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“Christmas is Cancelled. Santa was arrested on the charge of trespassing.”


About

Christmas Cancellation Announcement (Japanese: クリスマス中止のお知らせ, Christmas Chuushi no Oshirase) is a series of copypastas typically used as a spoof news announcement during holiday seasons that Christmas “has been cancelled” due to a variety of unforeseen events. The concept of “canceling Christmas” can be seen as a self-deprecative joke among single-status Japanese Internet users who remain little affected by the secular and mostly romantic holiday of Christmas in Japan.

Origin

On 2channel

The text-only announcements were seen as early as 2002 on the Japanese imageboard site 2channel.[2] The oldest known image of such announcement can be traced to this instance shown below, which was initially uploaded via Japanese web in December 2003.[1]




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******Important******


Christmas Cancellation Announcement

Christmas in December 25th, 2003 is canceled for various reasons. This decision also brings a cancel of Christmas Eve. Sorry for the cancellation, and late announcement.


We sincerely apologize to the people looking forward to Christmas and all persons concerned to us.


Background: Christmas in Japan

For the majority of non-Christian population in Japan and elsewhere in East Asia, Christmas is often celebrated as a secular, romantic and commercial-driven holiday. Due to its heavy association with couple-oriented events and special dates, Christmas is also regarded as a source of nuisance by those who are left without any plans for special events or romantic dates, which makes the holiday ripe for tongue-in-cheek comedy and self-deprecative humor on the web.

Spread

In 2003, the hoax of “Christmas cancellation” initially spread across 2channel and other affiliated imageboards as a cruel joke about Santa Clause’s accidental death; however, it was soon accepted by the broader online population around 2005 with the emergence of “Himote” (非モテ, non-popular), a resistance movement against popular idols and mainstream values, as an influential concept of humor on the Japanese web. After establishing base support with those identifying with “Himote,” copypasta announcements of Christmas cancellation continued to grow and became generally associated with idle, lonely singles during the holiday seasons. In addition, it also inspired derivative announcements suited for other similar romantic holidays such as Valentine’s Day and White Day. A comprehensive list of parodies and spin-off hoaxes are listed in a web page.[4]

Similar online communions of lonely singles during holiday seasons have been observed elsewhere, such as South Korea’s Solo Regiment, China’s Loneliness Party and to a lesser extent, Forever Alone on the English-speaking web.

Announcement Examples

Although reasons cited for cancellation of Christmas vary from copy pasta to copy pasta, many early versions included stories about odd misfortunes or accidents that had supposedly struck in the way of Santa Clause. Meanwhile, some of the newer versions incorporate actual news events like the Avian Flu and Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown as the purported reasons behind the announcement.

Military Draft of Santa Clause (2007)


Disclosure of False Report on TV show (2008)


Union Strike by Nippon Santa Association (2008)


Public Health Concerns of Avian Flu (2009)


Notable Media

In addition to the announcements, participants of the annual event on Nico Nico Douga[5] and Pixiv have created various songs and illustrations in propagating the hoax of Christmas cancellation, drawing influences from Vocaloid songs and MAD videos.

Hyadain‘s "Xmas? I don’t know such a thing!!" クリスマス?なにそれ美味しいの?



Spoof Newspaper Edition [7] of Christmas Cancellation in Tokyo



Search Interest

As Google Insights graph reveals, search queries for ‘クリスマス中止のお知らせ’ or “Christmas Cancellation Announcement” yields consistent spikes towards the end of each year.



External References

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[1]CROSSBREEDクリスマス中止のお知らせ / 12-13-2003 (Japanese)

[2]Mimizun – 2channel archive

[3]Wikipedia – Love hotel

[4]クリスマス中止のお知らせ (Japanese)

[5]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for クリスマス中止のお知らせ

[6]Nico Nico Douga – 初音ミクより『クリスマス中止のお知らせ』(再通知Ver.) / Posted on 12-09-2007

[7]getnews.jp – 【速報】クリスマス中止のお知らせ / 12-19-2008 (Japanese)

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