Happy Festivus! Here’s How to Celebrate This ‘Seinfeld’ Holiday

Don't forget to buy your aluminum pole.

While many people may think of December 23rd as Christmas Eve Eve, Seinfeld fans celebrate something a little different: Festivus, the hilarious holiday created by George Costanza’s  (Jason Alexander) father, Frank. (Jerry Stiller), But what is Festivus, exactly? It’s a response to all the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas that George’s curmudgeonly father despises. This fictitious holiday initially aired on the final-season episode titled “The Strike.”

And if there’s any way to end the 2020 year, it’s by celebrating everything you hated. So if you, too, want to participate in this TV-inspired holiday tradition, scroll below to find out just how you and your loved ones can.

How to celebrate Festivus

Instead of a Christmas tree, the Costanzas use an aluminum pole—possibly the least festive thing you could ever think of. This is only because so they don’t have to decorate it. Bring one into your home to really get the festivities rolling.

Next, the holiday officially kicks off with the “airing of grievances,” usually over dinner. As Frank Costanza says, “I got a lot of problems with you people. Now, you’re gonna hear about it.” According to tradition, this is the time to tell every single person in your life exactly what bothers you about them. I don’t see what could go wrong. There’s no way this could start a giant fight.

Then comes possibly the most iconic moment of Festivus, the “feats of strength.” After the airing of all those grievances, you likely want to go home (and maybe reconsider your Christmas gifts) but you’re not allowed to leave until you’ve managed to successfully pin your dad to the ground. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. That’s just how the holiday works.

In order to have a successful Festivus, you have to follow these traditions exactly. Or maybe skip all that, and just watch the video below.

Happy Festivus!

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