What is festivus!?

Festivus was originally a celebration that took place in February, where Dan O'Keefe celebrated his first date with his girlfriend Deborah. However, Festivus is now celebrated on December 23, as a way to celebrate the christmas season, without taking part in the immense commercialized part of christmas, as it has become today. People who celebrate Festivus sometimes refer to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us".
The word Festivus was made up by Dan O'Keefe because it sounded funny. Festivus is also a Latin word, derived from festus, meaning holiday or feast day. Festivus originally would take place, whenever family tension arrived. The saying "A Festivus for the rest of us" came when O'Keefe's mother died.

Festivus was introduced to the general public (and into pouplar culture) by Dan's son, Daniel, who was a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld, as a storyline in the comedy show.

The Festivus holiday include some practices. First of, the Festivus meal is traditionally ham or turkey with a desert consisting of a Pepperidge Farm cake decorated with M&M's, according to O'Keefe. When the Festivus meal is consumed, "Airing of Grievances" occurs. Each person at the table tells everybody else at the table, every way that person have dissapointed her or him, since the last Festivus celebration.

After the meal, the participants perform "Feats of Strength". This is the practice of the head of the household wrestling one person of his/her own choice. The holiday only ends if the head of the household is pinned to the floor (meaning that the hosts shoulders or shoulder blades are both touching the floor). If he or she is NOT pinned, Festivus continues until the pinning happens.


Written by Jannich Brendle fre 02 december 2011 In Blogging

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