Seinfeld” holiday Festivus is among us: Time for the Airing of Grievances
Every year on December 23, a different kind of holiday comes round, one that stands apart in its unique perspective and knocks traditional celebrations aside, with humor. If you are finding it hard to muster any “holiday cheer”, don’t worry, that is why Festivus was created, a holiday for the rest of us.
If you have no idea what Festivus is, that ok, it is a made-up holiday many have come to celebrate, originating as a plot twist from the 90’s sitcom “Seinfeld”.
The holiday exists in stark contrast to the traditional, not surprising, being that it is a concoction from a 90s sit-com. Instead it’s taken on a life in the real world as a non-religious and anti-holiday of sorts, veering far from the realm of commercial (gift giving) so heavily associated with December holidays.
“I’ve got a lot of problems with you people!”
Festivus also comes with some pretty unique traditions, including gathering round a bare aluminum pole (instead of decorated tree or lit Menorah) for the “feats of strength” display (a wresting match). Then in the ultimate Festivus ceremony; an orgy of comic-relief known as the “airing of grievances”.
The latter is an opportunity to gather round and let the people in your life know exactly how they have disappointed you. Or really just a time to comically and exaggeratedly complain about literally anything and everything that has happened to you throughout the year.
Festivus is, of course no more possible to physically stage this year than many aspects of the traditional holiday festivities. However, it does have one huge advantage, in fantasy, over traditional holiday celebrations.
It allows for, and even demands, an insane explosion of complaining, a cathartic griping and a no-holds-barred primal screaming against the “year-like-no-other” a.k.a. the year from hell.
And maybe a deluge of grievances and an orgy of anger is the only release that would allow us to make it whole past the holidays in into 2021.
And maybe, the turning of the wished for happy holiday clichés on their head, one day per year in any case, is just what we need to end this sh*t-show of a 12 month stretch. That’s why we should all honor; Festivus for the rest of us.
Check out the below meme-worthy posts that epitomize Festivus :
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