How Wyoming Celebrates Festivus – December 23
Its art imitating life when it comes to an episode of Seinfeld spawning a holiday that many actually celebrate in real life. Festivus was a made up holiday alternative to the crass commercialization of Christmas, typically celebrated on December 23.
According to festivusweb, The usual holiday tradition of a tree is manifested in an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the "Airing of Grievances" which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the "Feats of Strength" where the head of the household must be pinned.
All of these traditions are based on the events in the Seinfeld episode and real life household of Dan O'Keefe, a television writer credited with writing that Seinfeld episode.
While others celebrate their Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah and other holidays of December, many like to celebrate Festivus.
If you’d like to host your own Festivus party, You can incorporate the “Regift” exchange, which is exactly as it sounds, giving a gift you received but don’t want.
The original Festivus dinner in the O'Keefe household featured a main course of turkey, ham, beef stew or lamb chops with pecan pie as dessert as described in the book "The Real Festivus", authored by writer Dan O'Keefe (the original writer of the Seinfeld episode).
Party favors can include Pez dispensers, Human Fund cards and single serving size boxes of cereal.
Festivusweb has lots more ideas for honoring one of the funniest episodes of arguably the greatest sitcom ever, Seinfeld, which gave us; “A Festivus for the rest of us!"