The Actual Origin of Festivus Day Which is Today
I want to wish you a Happy Festivus.
There has to be a better way. A Festivus for the rest of us.
Gather your family around and tell them all the ways that they have disappointed you over the past year.
If you don’t know the story, here is the Wikipedia version.
"Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally created by author Daniel O'Keefe, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 Seinfeld episode "The Strike", which O'Keefe's son, Dan O'Keefe, co wrote.
The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the "airing of grievances" and "feats of strength", and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles". The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us".
Here are some clips from Seinfeld.
Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. Mostly those don’t come until after dinner and a few drinks at Christmas.
The pole. Made from aluminum. No branches. No decorations. And relatively inexpensive. Nothing like Christmas
There is actually a website with all things Festivus. Or course there is. It’s here
Remember Festivus saves Trees.
Enjoy Festivus today.
And no matter which or how many holidays you celebrate enjoy your day too. For most, If you take 2 minutes to think about what has made Christmas special to you, my money is on memories of those who have gone before us, and the camaraderie of family and friendships.
Hopefully you can create and celebrate all that makes Christmas, or Festivus, great and make it the best one ever.