In The Holiday Spirit

IMG_7629America is the land of inclusiveness, and December is when people of many faiths and beliefs celebrate important holidays.  So when Kish and I walking down in the Short North today, it was nice to see that a shopkeeper remembered to recognize one holiday in particular.

That’s right:  Festivus . . . for the rest of us.

And to properly recognize Festivus, here’s a snippet from the Seinfeld script The Strike, when the Costanza household’s odd holiday traditions were first described:

FRANK: Welcome, new comers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear

about it! You, Kruger. My son tells me your company stinks!

GEORGE: Oh, God.

FRANK: (To George) Quiet, you’ll get yours in a minute. Kruger, you couldn’t smooth a silk sheet if you had a hot date with a babe.. I lost my train of thought.

(Frank sits down, Jerry gives a face that says “That’s a shame”. Gwen walks in)

GWEN: Jerry!

JERRY: Gwen! How’d you know I was here?

GWEN: Kramer told me.

KRAMER: Another Festivus miracle!

And now, time for the feats of strength.


For all of us Seinfeld fans December 23rd marks the date that Festivus is celebrated. Festivus was the alternative holiday that Frank Constanza, George’s father created as an alternative holiday to Christmas due to it becoming so commercialized.

George shows his fellow office workers donation cards he made in their names to a fake charity called the “Human Fund” so he would not have to give office Christmas presents. His boss finds out and George makes up the excuse that he made up the “Human Fund” because he feared persecution for his beliefs of not celebrating Chrismas, but celebrating Festivus. George’s boss goes home with him to see Festivus in action. 

The celebration begins with the “Airing of Grievances” which takes place immediately after dinner has been served. It consists of lashing out at others about how they have disappointed you during the past year. Frank says “I got a lot of problems with you people and now you’re gonna hear about it”. 

This is followed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of household selects one person at the Festivus celebration and challenges that person to a wrestling match. Festivus is not considered over until the head of household is pinned in a wrestling match. 

I was surprised to learn from the internet that the comedy writer who wrote the epsiode actually celebrated Festivus with his family as far back as the 60’s. Here are some questions that Daniel O’keefe, the comedy writer answered on line about his REAL family holiday.