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Festivus - December 23, 2013
Taking place annually on December 23rd, Festivus is a non-denominational holiday popularized by Daniel O'Keefe, a screenwriter for the Seinfeld television show (although the holiday was originally created by his father, Dan O'Keefe, and celebrated by the O'Keefe family). Festivus as an alternative to the commercialized Christmas holiday was featured on the Seinfeld episode, "The Strike" which first aired on December 18, 1997.
Festivus: A Holiday for the Rest of Us
The Real Festivus
The celebration of Festivus is serious to some, tongue-in-cheek to others. The holiday traditions include the "Festivus pole" - an undecorated aluminum pole, the "Airing of Grievances" when everyone details the ways in which the other people at the celebration have disappointed them during the past year, and the "Feats of Strength" following the Festivus dinner in which the head of the household selects someone and wrestles with them. The wrestling match continues until the head of the household has been pinned. In addition, ordinary events may be ironically labeled as "Festivus miracles." According to the Christian Science Monitor, Festivus has become a world-wide event. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/1223/Festivus-becomes-worldwide-holiday.-Break-out-the-Festivus-pole!-video
Airing your grievances with family and friends (and enemies and acquaintances) at Festivus couldn't be easier, even when they're far away. At Greeting Card Universe, we have humorous Festivus cards that will tickle their funny bones. Send a smile and have a chance vent your hostility at the same time - that's the spirit of Festivus!
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