It Requires No Decoration

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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Sam in Pickering

Is this where we air our grievances?

December 23, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

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@Sam in Pickering

I can think of no better place to air your grievances.

December 23, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

Rob J

The fact that Festivus falls on my birthday gives me no end of joy

December 23, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

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@Rob J

Happy birthday!

December 23, 2015 @ 9:35 AM

Alison in Ottawa

We have an office decorating contest at work every year for the month of December and despite the no decorating the Festivus Pole edict there is a group of guys who so a stellar Festivus display.....

December 23, 2015 @ 9:37 AM

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@Alison in Ottawa

Pics, please!

December 23, 2015 @ 9:39 AM

Rob J

Thanks, Mike! Looking forward to the Christmas Eve TM episode

December 23, 2015 @ 9:49 AM

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Yes! Episode 151 of Toronto Mike'd is a special Santa edition recording tomorrow morning with Elvis. Should be fun...

December 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM


Still far and away the best comedy on TV ever...

December 23, 2015 @ 3:33 PM

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Fantastic show. If I stumble upon an episode, I can't help but watch and I enjoy it, even though it might be the 10th time I've seen the episode.

Same is true for me if it's an episode of The Simpsons from the first 6 seasons.

December 23, 2015 @ 3:41 PM

Not Dean

Why do we have to listen to Elvis, why not Argie, Ben or even Irvine?

Hey Mike so word on the street is you have more listens on your podcast than H&F. Answer yes or no.

December 23, 2015 @ 11:08 PM

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@Not Dean

I'd reply by saying that's irrelevant, since they're on SiriusXM and I'm not.

As for Elvis co-hosting, he's a friend. I know him in the offline world. And most episodes are 1:1 interviews. I'm not really looking for a co-host.

And finally, and this is the best party, you don't have to listen to Elvis. You don't have to listen to any of it. Listening is completely voluntary.

December 24, 2015 @ 8:05 AM

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