One of the best episodes from Seinfeld ever, has always been the “Festivus” one. Here is a refresher:
Since the episode aired, fans of the show have taken it upon themselves to bring Festivus to the REAL world with their own Festivus parties.
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ATTENTION: the 23rd, I’ll be hosting Festivus Dinner at Pucketts in Chatt. Followed by the Airing of Grievances, and the Feats of Strength.
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The rules of Festivus are pretty simple.
1) It happens on December 23rd.
2) The Festivus Pole – just a simple aluminum pole with a “very high strength-to-weight ratio” is displayed with NO decorations. The pole was chosen apparently in opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, because it is “very low-maintenance,” and also because the holiday’s patron, Frank Costanza, “find[s] tinsel distracting.”
3) The Festivus Dinner: A celebratory dinner is held on the evening of Festivus with no food associated with Christmas, prior to the feats of strength.
4) The Airing Of Grievances: At the beginning of the Festivus dinner, each participant tells friends and family of all the instances where they disappointed him or her that year.
5) The Feats of Strength: take place after the Airing of Grievances. The head of the family tests his or her strength against one participant of the head’s choosing. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned to the ground. A participant is allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the family only if they have something better to do instead.
6) The Festivus Miracle: Although it is not an official element of the holiday or its celebration, the phenomenon of the Festivus Miracle is mentioned twice in the original episode. An obvious sendup to the phrase “Christmas Miracle”, both manifestations of Seinfeld’s “Festivus Miracle” were caused by Kramer. In today’s society the use of the term “Festivus Miracle” has become far more mainstream.
Here’s some more information about it: