Festivus for the rest of us includes Festivus Pole, Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 23, 2011 

Today (Dec. 23) is Festivus, a holiday that rose to popularity thanks to the popular TV show "Seinfeld."

According to the website Festivusweb.com, "Seinfeld" writer Dan O'Keefe based the concept on family traditions started by his father.

The Festivus episode of "Seinfeld" includes this memorable exchange between Frank Costanza (George Costanza's father) and Cosmo Kramer:

Frank Costanza: "Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way."

Cosmo Kramer: "What happened to the doll?"

Frank Costanza: "It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born … a Festivus for the rest of us!"

Cosmo Kramer: "That must've been some kind of doll."

Frank Costanza: "She was."

In addition to the aluminum Festivus Pole, Festivus traditions include the Airing of Grievances, a giant complaining session that takes place after the Festivus dinner. It's followed by the Feats of Strength, a family wrestling competition.

Happy Festivus!

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