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 father, Frank. Festivus is a response to all the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas that Geroge’s curmudgeonly father despised, and if you, too, want to participate in this TV-inspired tradition, then here’s how.
Instead of a Christmas tree, the Costanzas use an aluminum pole—possibily the least festive thing you could ever think of. Bring one into your home to really get the festivities rolling.
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.
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