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Festivus Day

Happy Festivus Day! (Dec 23)

Here at the SDN headquarters, the biggest holiday of the year is Equimas Day. But here's the twist: it doesn't fall in December. It falls on March 21st, the approximate date of the Vernal Equinox, so we celebrate the day with a mass for Equinox, hence, Equimas. It's a nondenomiational holiday that is celebrated with excess celebrations, exchanging of gifts, massive decorations of the halls and houses, family gatherings, feasts, and some folk legend named Santo Pedro and eight flying buffalo delivering gifts to billions of houses worldwide on Equimas Eve. Start shopping since there's less than 13 weeks left until Equimas Day.

Another holiday that seems to be gathering steam Decemeber 23rd marks what should be the biggest holiday of the year since anyone can celebrate it: Festivus Day!

What is Festivus Day, you ask? Well we turn to this webpage for the answer: http://www.rogertheengineer.com/oldpepe.htm

"Perhaps the best solution here is to shun conventional holiday rituals in favour of "Festivus", celebrated on the 23rd day of the December month.

"Under the Pepe Festivus model (a refined version of the Frank Costanza model), there are to be no religious affiliations, no exchange of gifts, and no singing. In place of a tree (or menorah) there is to be a tall aluminium pole, devoid of tinsel and with a high strength-to-weight ratio, to mark the season. Informal Christmas/Chanukah traditions will be formalised, and as such Festivus Eve will see the "airing of grievances", where those gathered outline how they have disappointed one another over the past 12 months. Festivities officially close on the evening of Festivus with the "feats of strength", where those gathered then pit themselves against each other in a series of gruelling physical contests."

Every Seinfeld fan knows that Dec 23 is Festivus day. It was started by George's father as a protest against the commercialization of Christmas.

Frank: 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: What happened to the doll?
Frank: It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born -- a Festivus for the rest of us!

Festivus Finally, the neatest holiday of the season is Festivus. You may never have heard of it, because you can't find Festivus cards at the store or see Festivus specials on TV, but don't worry. Festivus is the combination of all of the winter holidays into one big celebration. It is celebrated on the 23rd and is a celebration of all of the silliness of the holidays. Festivus was created by Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, and it actually seems to be a valid holiday for many families.

On that night, all of the family members gather around the table for an "Ailing of Grievances," about all of the problems of the past year with the other family members.

For decorations, there is one, a long skinny metal pole. Tinsel and ornaments can be distracting, according to Frank Costanza.

Programming for Festivus is pretty easy:

Have an Ailing of Grievances with your residents about being in college, about the roughness of classes, and conclude with a midnight scream and lead the residents outside to scream as loud as they can at midnight. This can be done a week before Festivus if it works better for you! A week before would be the heart of finals for most schools.

Build Mini Festivus Trees out of cardboard toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls and paint them silver. These are great things for residents to take home for the holidays. Their parents will wonder what their children are actually doing at school other than painting silver tubes.

Watch the Festivus Seinfeld Episode if you can find it on video, it is truly one of the best holiday specials ever created!

Definition: Festivus (Dec 23)

Festivus is a nondenominational holiday featured in an episode of Seinfeld, a popular American television sitcom of the 1990s. The holiday was a plot device in episode number 164 of the show, entitled "The Strike," which first aired on December 18, 1997. Many people, influenced or inspired by Seinfeld, now celebrate the holiday, in varying degrees of seriousness.

According to Seinfeld, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23, but many people celebrate it other times, often in early December. Its slogan is "A Festivus for the rest of us!" An aluminium pole is generally used in lieu of a Christmas tree or other holiday decoration. Those attending participate in the "Airing of Grievances" which is an opportunity for all to vent their hostilities toward each other, and after a Festivus dinner, The Feats of Strength are performed. Traditionally, Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and "pinned."

On The Cheap? Celebrate Festivus Today (Dec 23, 2008)

From http://www.festivusbook.com/: A New Edition of FESTIVUS has been released for 2008! The cheapest holiday in the world!

Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us shows in hilarious detail the stunning, bizarre and controversial ways real people all over the world are actually celebrating the holiday most learned from Seinfeld (a popular television series from the 1990s).

This site serves as a repository for grievance airing, Festivus films, tales of Festivus glory and woe, and photos of cats named Festivus.

From http://festivusweb.com/: "Happy Festivus" is the traditional greeting of Festivus a holiday featured in "The Strike" episode of Seinfeld. The epsidoe first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then many people have been inspired by the goodiness of the Seinfeld holiday and they now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times througout the year.

The original slogan of Festivus is "A Festivus for the rest of us!" Instead of a tree an unadroned aluminum pole is used, in contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the "Airing of Grievances" which is an opportunity to tell others how thay have dissapointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the "Feats of Strength" where the head of the houshold must be pinned. All of these tradtions are based upon the events in the Seinfeld episode.

http://www.festivuspoles.com is where you buy Festivus poles.

From http://www.festivus.biz/: Festivus is held on December 23 each year. It was created as a response to the commercialism of the other December holidays. Its slogan is "A Festivus for the rest of us."

* The Festivus Pole. festivus pole During Festivus, an unadorned aluminum pole is displayed, apparently in opposition to the commercialization of decorated Christmas trees, and because the holiday's creator, Frank Costanza, "Finds tinsel distracting."

* The Airing of Grievances. At the Festivus dinner, the celebrant tells their friends and family all of the instances where they disappointed the celebrant that year. Airing of Grievances Worksheet

* The Feats of Strength. feats of strength The head of the family tests his or her strength against one participant of the head's choosing. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned. A participant is allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the family only if they have something better to do instead. Feats of Strength Challenge Card

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus: Festivus is an annual holiday created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld.[1][2] Although the original Festivus took place in February 1966 as a celebration of O'Keefe's first date with his wife, Deborah,[2] many people now celebrate the holiday on December 23, as depicted on the December 18, 1997 Seinfeld episode "The Strike".[1][3] According to O'Keefe, the name Festivus "just popped into his head."[2] The holiday includes novel practices such as the "Airing of Grievances", in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed him or her over the past year. Also, after the Festivus meal, the "Feats of Strength" are performed, involving wrestling the head of the household to the floor, with the holiday ending only if the head of the household is actually pinned. These conventions originated with the TV episode. The original holiday featured far more peculiar practices, as detailed in the younger Daniel O'Keefe's book The Real Festivus, which provides a first-person account of an early version of the Festivus holiday as celebrated by the O'Keefe family, and how O'Keefe amended or replaced details of his father's invention to create the Seinfeld episode.[4] Some people, influenced or inspired by Seinfeld,[2] now celebrate the holiday in varying degrees of seriousness; the spread of Festivus in the real world is chronicled in the book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us.[5]

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