As I have been saying for many years now – I am OVER the commercialism of Christmas.. so, I have decided, that from now on, my family will celebrate Festivus .
What is Festivus, you ask?
Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays gets you down too much, take solace in the fact that today is Festivus, a holiday created for the rest of us. The holiday was created in the 1960’s by author Daniel O’Keefe as a reaction to the commercialism and stress of the holidays, and subsequently popularized in a Seinfeld episode written by his son. If you’d like to celebrate Festivus today, here’s how.
First you’ll need a Festivus pole, generally aluminum. The pole is completely unadorned. This tradition began with the Seinfeld episode. Originally, the centerpiece was a clock put into a bag and nailed to the wall. When the younger O’Keefe asked what that meant, his father’s response was “That’s not for you to know.”
The Festivus dinner begins the celebration, which immediately gives way to the “Airing of Grievances.” This is when everyone lets everyone else know all the ways that they’ve let him or her down in the past year.
Next comes the “Feats of Strength,” where the head of the household challenges a guest to a wrestling match. They continue the wrestle until the head of household is pinned, otherwise, Festivus cannot be over.
Finally, there is the most magical part of the holiday; the Festivus miracles. These are declared when something completely ordinary and mundane happens. Just stick to the traditions and you’ll have yourself a wonderful and completely stress-free Festivus season.
So, I am looking forward to next December 23… but for now…
Happy Festivus! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!