Festivus is Coming!

Every year, here in my world, we celebrate the Festivus holiday. Most everybody knows about Festivus, but for those who don’t, here’s the gist of it:

Festivus is an annual holiday invented by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld.

Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
Frank Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!

Festivus is comprised of three main elements:

“The Festivus Pole,” “The Airing of Grievances,” and “The Feats of Strength.”

The Festivus Pole is the symbol of the holiday. It ranges from 6 to 8 feet in height and is mounted vertically. It is long, hollow, and made of aluminum which has a very high strength to weight ratio. No decorations, as tinsel and the like are very distracting to the holiday.

The Airing of Grievances is the time when every person takes turns going around and informing all their friends and family of the ways in which they have been disappointed by them during the past year.

Finally, The Feats of Strength is a test of strength between the head of the household and one lucky person. You may only decline to participate in The Feats of Strength if you have something better to do.
Festivus does not conclude until the head of the family is pinned.

Watch a brief montage of it all here:

We’ve also included a “Dirty Santa” game, with wrapped gifts being put under the Festivus pole, then exchanged and re-exchanged in turn. The catch is that the gift has to meet certain criteria:

  • it has to be under $15
  • it has to be such a strange gift that you wouldn’t want it for yourself
  • or buy it for someone you know
  • or regift it. EVER. (Example: Last year we brought home a “Mr Roger’s “You Are Special‘ Tshirt” in exchange for an anatomically correct “Party Sheep” we brought)

This part of the evening is usually the highlight, bringing out the “real” person under that oh-so-polite Southern exterior! 😉

Everyone brings a “comfort food” to share (whatever your comfort food may be) and those of us who linger longer at parties usually end up playing a game like Cranium Pop5 or Charoodles.

Its something to look forward to every year and its coming up next week!! HA ZAH!

Here are a few pics from previous years:

A Parrot that says F*&# You?

A Parrot that says F*&# You?

A blow up Party sheep?!

Our Hostess with her Mannequin and Creepy Elf Boy

Laughing is required

Dirty Santa is always fun!

Muppetface!

Muppetface!

Teamwork

Teamwork

Festivus Pole

Festivus Pole

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One Response

  1. Oh and I am so looking forward to it! YIPPEEEE!

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