Festivus:an annual holiday that was invented by Reader’s Digest writer and editor Daniel O’Keefe. It was introduced to popular culture by O’Keefe’s son Daniel, a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld, on December 18, 1997, in the episode “The Strike”. (Season 9, Episode 10). The holiday is celebrated each year on December 23, but many people celebrate it at other times, often to avoid the Christmas rush. The holiday includes novel practices such as the “Airing of Grievances”, in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed him/her over the past year. Also, after the Festivus meal, the “Feats of Strength” are performed, involving wrestling the head of the household to the floor, the holiday only ending if the head of the household is actually pinned.
– Festivus, Wikipedia.com
In attempt to be more politically correct in our public support of Winter holidays – see earlier post – … Just joking! Festivus has always been a personal favorite at One Bogopolis Plazaand this is the first year – we’ve remembered to mention it at the correct time of year.
For those of you unfamiliar with Festivus, it consists of five core elements:
- The Festivus Pole
- Festivus Dinner
- Airing of Grievances
- Feats of Strength
- Festivus Miracles
Our personal favorites include, The Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. For more information, visit the should-be-authoritative article on Wikipedia.
I consider this the “open-source” holiday. For those looking for their own winter holiday, Festivus provides flexibility in celebration. Festivus is what you make it!