Examples of Festivus
Examples of Festivus
Where does Festivus come from?
Festivus was popularized by the television show Seinfeld, in an episode that aired December 18, 1997, called “The Strike.” The episode follows the characters as they learn about and resurrect character Frank Costanza’s tradition of Festivus.
Im just chillen, waiting for festivus so I can air my grievances. pic.twitter.com/gGb5EZVv2P
— Moon Ginja (@Cryptoginja1) November 12, 2018
The holiday is based on a real tradition celebrated by the family of one of Seinfeld’s writers, Daniel O’Keefe, according to a 2004 article in the New York Times. Invented by Daniel O’Keefe’s father Dan, this holiday dates back to 1966. The first Festivus was a celebration of when Dan first met his wife.
— Brantford Library (@BtfdLibrary) December 14, 2017
Who uses Festivus?
Festivus is characterized as being a holiday “for the rest of us,” and exists in contrast to the commercialism of Christmas. It consists of four major elements: the Festivus Pole, which is a simple aluminum pole with no adornments; the Airing of Grievances, which is when you tell gathered friends and family members how they have disappointed you since the last Festivus celebration; dinner (the famous Seinfeld episode shows the characters eating meatloaf on a bed of lettuce, mashed potatoes, and peas); and finally Feats of Strength, which is when participants wrestle the head of the household to the ground.
The holiday has been adopted beyond the O’Keefes and the Costanzas, and is now celebrated by a small but a global audience. There is a website detailing how to celebrate it, a book about the story behind it by the holiday’s creator, and social media pages for participants to share stories of their festivities. Festivus poles can also now be purchased specially for the occasion. However, Festivus traditionalists feel that a pole made for this purpose is against the anti-commercialist spirit of the holiday.
Happy Festivus! We in #TheResistance have a TON of grievances this year, so crack out the pole, gather around and let it all out!#Festivus #Yule #celebrations #WinterSolstice pic.twitter.com/JrIvdaZWVn
— Mara Jade 🇺🇸🇵🇷🏳️🌈🌊 #ProtectMueller (@MaraJade_2017) December 23, 2017
Other terminology related to the holiday includes the Festivus Miracle. This is a parody of the phrase a Christmas miracle. Usually, Festivus miracles are prosaic or underwhelming.
My dad’s German Shepherd was chewing on his Apple TV remote and purchased $80 of Seinfeld on iTunes. It’s a Festivus miracle
— Atreyue Ryken (@Atreyue) December 26, 2017
The Festivus Games are a real-world athletic competition aimed at all ability levels with the slogan “Feats of Strength for the Rest of Us” in reference to the Seinfeld episode.
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) December 24, 2017
Happy festivus! Can’t wait to gather around the pole and partake in the annual airing of grievances 😆 pic.twitter.com/3htC0MCalq
— 🖤🎶🎧 RK 🎡♥️🇺🇸 (@HeartEyes4Brady) December 23, 2017