A Festivus for the Rest of Us
I’m not a big fan of the holidays — as a matter of fact…I dread the season. Once the Halloween decorations go up, I keep me head low, grit my teeth, and pray for January 2. Thus far, the holiday season served up a particularly tough several days, so yesterday I found myself in a defeated mood. But, as always, a little bit of divine intervention arrived from the humor gods and I took a turn for the better.
The intervention showed up in the form of man who replied to holiday greetings with,
Happy Festivus! Let the airing of the grievances begin!
OMG! I completely forgot about one of Seinfeld’s classic holiday bits specifically designed for malcontents and curmudgeons. George Costanza’s father (played brilliantly by Jerry Stiller) makes-up his own holiday after deciding that Christmas has become too commercialized.
Here are a few of Festivus’ traditions:
- An aluminum pole substitutes for the usual Christmas Tree
- An annual ‘airing of grievances’ takes place during the Festivus dinner
- The whole event wraps up with ‘feats of strength’
So, from one malcontent to another! Happy Festivus!