Today, December 23, is Festivus, a holiday for the rest of us, invented by a staff writer for the long running show, Seinfeld. Dan O’Keefe made up a made-up holiday for George Costanza’s family, started by George’s dad, played by Jerry Stiller. In this video, you’ll see the origins of the holiday explained by the senior Costanza to Cosmo Kramer. Then you’ll see how this one made-up holiday wrecks havoc on the life of poor George, the forever downtrodden Seinfeld loser.
Traditions include a Festivus dinner, an undecorated “Festivus pole” made of aluminum, and practices like the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength.”
The scary part of all of this: Festivus is a real holiday now for a lot of folks who do not live on the TV screen. They’re your neighbors and co-workers. Those who celebrate Festivus claim it serves as an alternative to participating in the commercialism associated with Christmas.
In that case, I’m a new convert! Happy Festivus, y’all!
-Callahan, Jack FM