Winter-een-mas is a holiday that takes place every year from January 25 to 31, but is also commonly celebrated for a month. The holiday was invented by Buckley and first introduced in Ctrl+Alt+Del.
Its stated goal is to “celebrate the joy of video gaming”. The holiday, which began in the webcomic, where it was celebrated by the characters, has become popular in real life. Many gaming stores, such as EB Games, celebrate the holiday.
According to the Winter-een-mas creators at Ctr+Alt+Del webcomic:
Winter-een-mas, in it’s essence, is a holiday for gamers. It is a celebration of games and the gamers who play them. Video games allow us to do things, go places, see stuff that we couldn’t do in real life. They can be an escape from reality, a release after a long day, a fun activity with friends, or just an enjoyable way to pass time. They give us a lot of entertainment. So why shouldn’t they be celebrated?
And in the same spirit, gamers themselves are extraordinary people. There are millions of people world-wide that enjoy video games. Some are hardcore fanatics, some are casual gamers. But we are all part of the same community, and it’s a community to be proud of.
The Winter-een-mas season lasts all of January, with the actual holiday lasting seven days, January 25-31.
The creators cite the origin of both the 2004 Winter-een-mas and the 2007 Winter-een-mas here.