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?
Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born…a Festivus for the rest of us!
- “The Strike” episode, Seinfeld
And that is how Festivus was born…Actually, it started with Dan O’Keefe’s, a writer on Seinfeld, father, who found the holiday in a book that was published in 1966. The O’Keefes celebrated Festivus from then on, and the holiday ended up on Seinfeld when O’Keefe shared the holiday with the other writers.
The Festivus celebration includes a feast consisting of any food other than standard holiday dishes. Rather than decorating a tree, those who celebrate Festivus set up an unadorned aluminum pole. Then there’s the pre-dinner Airing of Grievances (when you tell everyone all the ways they’ve disappointed you that year) and the post-dinner Feats of Strength (which is basically a wrestling match of sorts.)
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Sources: festivusweb.com, whatisfestivus.com
Photo Source: Matthew Keefe CC-BY-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons