Thursday, December 23, 2010

Festivus For The Rest Of Us

Festivus was invented by Dan O'Keefe and made popular on Seinfeld.  It is a holiday alternative to Christmas that is celebrated on December 23rd.  Some of the traditions of Festivus are:

  • Festivus Pole – a simple, undecorated aluminum pole valued for its high strength-to-weight ratio.  No tinsel - tinsel is way to distracting.
  • Airing of Grievances – After dinner you tell others how they have disappointed you or how you have been let down over the course of the previous year.
  • Feats of Strength – The head of the household picks a guest and challenges them to a wrestling match.  If the guest loses he is banished from the party.  This continues until the head of the household is pinned.
  • Festivus Miracles - declared when something unusual but otherwise mundane happens.  When I watched A Knights Tale, and my inlaws coincidently watched A Knights Tale at the same time at their house: that is a festivus miracle.  My blog entry on my evil cat being indexed (relatively) highly on Google?  yep, Festivus Miracle.

Recently Festivus was used by a prisoner to get better meals:  The full story.  This has made Festivus a recognized holiday in the eyes of the law.  Awesome.

So come along kids and let us sit around the pole and let me tell you all how you have disappointed me this year, then I'll pin you to the ground.

Happy Festivus!