It’s just a couple of days before Christmas now, and if you’re getting tired of waiting for a holiday, there’s no time like now to start your Festivus celebrations.
Of course, Festivus is an imaginary holiday, which was first featured in “The Strike” episode of Seinfeld. While the episode first appeared on Dec. 18, 1997, the “traditional” Festivus celebrations are today, Dec. 23.
Of course, since it’s an imaginary holiday anyway, you can celebrate it at anytime this month. All you need is a plain aluminum pole, instead of a tree.
And if someone’s pissing you off, you can participate in the annual “Airing of Grievances,” and take your opportunity to tell them just how they’ve disappointed you this year.
After the airing of grievances and a delicious Festivus dinner, don’t forget to have the “Feats of Strength” contest and pin the head of the household — if you can. Festivus isn’t over unless the head of the house is pinned, or everyone has something better to do.
Weirdly enough, Festivus was originally “celebrated” by Seinfield writer Dan O’Keefe’s father, Daniel Sr., who found the holiday in a book about obscure holidays. In that version, there were taped recordings and a “clock in a bag.” There were taped recordings and even a “clock in a bag”.
So how do you celebrate a festive Festivus?