What is Festivus... It's for the Rest of Us!
Festivus is a nondenominational holiday that is
celebrated on December 23rd. The TV show Seinfeld helped
popularize this holiday. Dan O'Keefe a writer on Seinfeld
father discovered the holiday in a book published in 1966.
The O'Keefe family celebrated the holiday for years. Then Dan
told the story of Festivus to the Seinfeld staff and the rest is
history. Today hundreds of thousands celebrate Festivus.
How do I celebrate Festivus?
Festivus is still a new holiday developing
traditions. Most of the traditions are based off the Seinfeld
episode. The most common elements are the Festivus Pole,
Festivus Feast, Festivus Fruitcake, Airing of Grievances and the Feats
Most Festivus celebrations today involve a party
with a feast. The feast can consist of whatever the
party holders decide. There is no standard meal like turkey
at Thanksgiving. For decorations there is an aluminum pole
that is set up like a Christmas tree. Other decorations
include lights and other festive decorations. A Festivus
Fruitcake is on display for all to view but not eat. The
Festivus Fruitcake is traditionally kept from year to year as a display.
After the Festivus Feast comes the Airing of
Grievances and the Feats of Strength. The Airing of Grievance
is the time when you tell everyone the ways they disappointed you in
the past year. The Feats of Strength involve a wrestling
match and ends Festivus when the loser is pinned. Both the
Airing of Grievance and Feats of Strength are not typically involved in
most modern day Festivus celebrations. They are both
traditions of Festivus but do not fit into most modern day
I want to Celebrate Festivus!
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