Have A Happy Festivus – How To Celebrate!

If you are a fan of Seinfeld, then you know all about the nondenominational holiday Festivus. The holiday is just another way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism.

The holiday’s celebration, includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” the “Airing of Grievances,” “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles“.

If the holiday season has you all Scrooge-like, then this guide to Festivus is for you!

The story of how Festivus came to be famous is almost as hilarious as the holiday itself. The holiday’s origin can be tracked back to 1966, where it was invented by writer Dan O’Keefe. O’Keefe’s son, Daniel, was a writer for the show Seinfeld and in 1997, Festivus was introduced to the Seinfeld audience.

An overview of Festivus


Celebrated on December 23, the nondenominational holiday involves a metal pole (instead of a Christmas tree). Instead of exchanging gifts, participants are encouraged to air their grievances. After that comes the feats of strength (pushups, for example). The party continues until the head of the family is wrestled to the floor.

If you search for “Festivus” in Google this year, they have a surprise for you. On the left hand side of the page is a Festivus Pole.

Order your Festivus pole for next year!

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