Festivus swiftly approaches

Sure, Thanksgiving is in two days but what I am really excited for is Festivus.

A month from today, December 23, marks the best holiday of the season: Festivus. Made up by Seinfeld character Frank Costanza (George’s father) It is the one day out of the year where you can tell everyone how you really feel.

Everyone gather around the Festivus pole and shut up.

Why is Festivus so great?

  1. There are no gifts involved. No awkward moments where someone you haven’t seen all year gives you a really thoughtful gift while you hand them a generic hallmark card smeared with grease and guilt.
  2. Being a jackass is encouraged. “Airing of Grievances” is one of the main events in this holiday.  That means you tell everyone how they have wronged you over the past year. It is very therapeutic.
  3. No Tinsel. The only traditional decoration is a metal pole.  No need to cut down a tree every year when you can just lean a metal pole against the wall and call it a day.
  4. Feats of strength. The other main event is feats of strength: a fairly ambiguous task where people battle the head of the household.  It can be as small as a thumb war or as large as playing chicken with tractors, but some physical display of domination is key to a good time at any Festivus event.

So if you have not seen “The Strike” episode of Seinfeld, watch it and decide if you’d like to have a change of spirit this holiday season.

Here is a brief overview:

I happily await any and all grievances directed at me but, please, respect the holiday and wait until the 23rd.

    • No! But I wish we did. My dad just had an aluminum pole lying around that looks exactly like the one on the show so that is what we use.

  1. Diehl Deaux said:

    I guess it wouldn’t be a holiday if it didn’t get commercialized…you can even get Festivus cards now!

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