Monday, December 23, 2013

Mon Post #1: A Festivus for the Restivus

Ahh the rush of the holidays.  A couple of posts for you today, but we start with a whimsical one. Did you know today is Festivus?

Festivus is a well-celebrated Seinfeld parody that has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23. It serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas holiday season.

Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O'Keefe working on the American sitcom Seinfeld, the holiday entered popular culture after it was made the focus of a 1997 episode of the program.

The holiday's celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum "Festivus pole," practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength," and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles."

The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us", referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has also been described as a "parody holiday festival" and as a form of playful consumer resistance.

Some atheists advocate Festivus because of its lack of religious significance, and have joined other people in erecting "festivus poles" alongside public diys of the crèche of Christmas and the menorah of Hanukkah.

Let the airing of grievances begin.

Happy Festivus everyone!

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