Festivus Day 2021: Festivus Day is a holiday celebrated on December 23 of every year. It is a traditional holiday celebrated hugely in the United States of America.
It serves as an alternative to participating in the commercialism and pressures of Christmas. This day is a secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering. It’s a holiday that stands out more than the rest.
History of Festivus Day:
Festivus Day was created by Author and Reader’s Digest editor Daniel O’Keefe. He created this day due to his family tension. “Airing of Grievances” is one of the central practices of O’Keefe.
Initially, it was celebrated in February 1966, but later it was changed to December 23 on the occasion of O’keefe first date with his wife.
Festivus Day became so familiar with the famous television show in America called “Seinfeld”. The first time the day was mentioned was in an American culture episode called “The Strike.”
Festivus Day proves that human beings do not need any materials to be happier on holidays. They just need a good partner, jovial attitudes and lovely music to make that holiday better than ever.
How to Celebrate Festivus Day:
Celebrating Festivus Day is very simple and easier to remember. Festivus is an alternative to the pressure and commercialism that causes Christmas Shopping. On this day, use the aluminum pole in place of the Christmas tree.
Then, put the clock in the bag and nailed it to the wall. Next is dinner which usually contains turkey or meatloaf on the bed of lettuce.
And then Airing of Grievances, where each person from the table stands and tells about how the world had disappointed them in that year.
Finally, the person who is the head of the household will call one individual from the celebration and challenge them to a wrestling match. The celebration will not stop until their opponent pins the head of the family.
How to observe Festivus Day:
Festivus traditions derived from the television episode and the original creator have been combined over the years.
- Adorn an aluminum Festivus pole to be displayed in the home. In the O’Keefe household, there was no pole. Instead, a clock was placed in a bag and nailed to the wall.
- Serve a traditional dinner in the evening.
- During dinner, allow the Airing of Grievances. Each person takes turns describing how the others have disappointed him or her over the past year.
- Feats of Strength follows dinner and involves wrestling the head of the household. Note: The holiday is not complete unless the head of the household is pinned. Failure to pin the head of the household could result in perpetual Festivus.
- Festivus Miracle- a frequent if unimpressive miracle. You may count carrying all the groceries into the house for dinner without tripping or dropping one of the bags as a Festivus Miracle.
Facts about Festivus:
- Google it
Google introduced a custom search result in 2012 for the term Festivus with an unadorned aluminum pole.
- O, aluminum pole
You can purchase your own Festivus pole on Amazon.
- Florida recognizes Festivus
A resident of Deerfield Beach, Florida, petitioned for a Festivus pole to stand next to the Capitol building’s Christmas tree and nativity scene and he won.
- “Seinfeld” gets social
The Airing of Grievances hashtag has been used to complain about various issues on social media.
- What might not have been
Dan O’Keefe didn’t originally want to include an episode about Festivus, but he was convinced otherwise.