Happy Festivus! A Holiday for the Rest of Us !
For those of you who grew up watching Seinfeld, and clung on almost every episode like I did, you will definitely get this ! This is not a cult or anything, I love all holidays but this one in particular cracks me up. Since it December 23, I would love to wish you all a Happy Festivus!
Many Christmas’s ago, Frank Costanza went to buy a doll for George. There was only one doll left and when he reached for it, so did another man. After struggling for the doll, he thought there could be another way. The doll was destroyed, but out of that, a new holiday was born. It was called Festivus. A Festivus for the rest-iv-us..
Festivus , the rituals
Celebrated December 23rd each year.
The Meal: What ever you want
During the last few weeks in December when Festivus takes place, families and friends get together at the dinner table and have something called “the Airing of Grievances”. During this time, they share with family and friends all the ways they had disappointed over the past year.
After the Airing of Grievances, they get together right in the same night to do something called “Feats of Strength”. This is where the head of the household tests his/her strength with another friend or family member. The great honor is given out to a different person each year. In Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer was given the honor but turned it down to George Costanza as he had an appointment.
Now for the pole. No it is not a tree. It is not a tinsel-strewn, tall, pre-lit artificial Christmas tree, or a flocked and decorated Douglas fir. It is a pole, no decorations. Frank Costanza believes that tinsel is very distracting so there are no decorations. The pole is tall, silver, hollow, long, skinny, and heavy.
The proper greeting for the day is “Happy Festivus.”