Festivus – What Is It And How To Celebrate

Festivus is a fictional holiday created by Frank Costanza(played by Jerry Stiller) on the popular television comedy Seinfeld. Some fans of the show now celebrate this fictional holiday in real life.

Festivus is a holiday held on 23 Decemberof each year. It was created as a response to the commercialism of the other December holidays.

Its slogan is “Festivus, a holiday for the rest of us”.  Listen to Frank’s explanation of the origins of Festivus…

Frank: 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.

Kramer: What happened to the doll?

Frank: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born . . . a Festivus for the rest of us!

Kramer: That must’ve been some doll.

Frank: She was!

The Festivus celebration includes these major components…

  • The Festivus Pole
  • The Festivus Song
  • The Feast
  • The Airing of Grievances
  • The Airing of Grievances form
  • The Feats of Strength
  • The Human Fund
  • The Human Fund Donor Cards
  • The Festivus Fruitcake
  • Ice Cream for the Fruit Cake

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