A Festivus for the Rest of Us!

Snow FlakeElvis just reminded me today is Festivus. I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy Festivus. For those who don't know what Festivus is, there are three easy to follow steps:

  1. "Get the pole out of the crawl space". Or go out and buy one. Remember, it should be aluminium, due to the "very high strength-to-weight ratio". Remember, "it requires no decoration". Tinsel is "distracting".
  2. "The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances...At the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and you tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year."
  3. After dinner, it is time for the "Feats of Strength". Remember, Festivus is not over until someone is pinned.

The origin of Festivus was explained nicely by Frank Costanza in the Seinfeld episode "The Strike". Here's his exchange with Cosmo Kramer.

Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
Frank Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born . . . a Festivus for the rest of us!
Cosmo Kramer: That must've been some kind of doll.
Frank Costanza: She was.

Here's everything you need to know. Happy Festivus everyone!

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It really is one of the best days of the year. We're having a big feats of strength competition this year in our backyard - open invite to whomever wants to come by!

December 23, 2008 @ 1:46 PM


Airing of grievances please form a line to the right.

December 23, 2008 @ 4:17 PM

Rob J

I love the fact that the story-idea was actually based on one of the writer's childhood experiences. Something that bizarre could only be rooted in reality.

December 23, 2016 @ 8:59 AM

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