A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Posted December 30, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Life After Five
Happy Festivus

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!


About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.