Happy Festivus for the rest of us!
With holiday season in full swing, Dec. 23 is the one day that you undoubtedly pick out the biggest Seinfeld fans in your life. That’s because the day marks the secular holiday featured on the show that began as a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe.
The holiday features a dinner with customary traditions like the “Airing of Grievances,””Feats of Strength” and the Festivus miracles.
Airing of Grievances: Airing of Grievances is a way for each person at the dinner to get everything out in the open air. Each person takes a turn sharing what disappointed them most over the past year, whether it be others at the table or the world in general.
In modern day society, we call that every day on social media.
Feats of Strength: After dinner, “Feats of Strength” is when the head of the household picks one person and challenges them to wrestling match.
Festivus Pole: The Festivus pole replaces the Christmas tree as a central decoration for the holiday, because we all know that tinsel can be distracting.
Jerry: Happy Festivus.
Kramer: What’s Festivus?
Jerry: When George was growing up his father…
George: Stop it. It’s nothing. It’s a stupid holiday my father invented. It doesn’t exist.
Elaine: Happy Festivus, Georgie.
Frank Costanza: Welcome, new comers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!
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.
Kramer: Is there a tree?
Frank Costanza: No. Instead, there’s a pole. It requires not decoration. I find tinsel distracting.
Jerry: When George was growing up his father hated all the commercial religious aspects of Christmas, so he made up his own holiday.
Elaine: Oh, and another piece of the puzzle falls into place.
Jerry: And instead of a tree didn’t your father put up an aluminum pole?
George: Stop it.
Jerry: Weren’t there feats of strength that ended up with you crying?
Kramer: Frank, this new holiday of yours is scratching me right where I itch.
Frank: Let’s do it then. Festivus is back. I’ll get the pole out of the crawl space.