It’s Festivus again! Have you expressed your anger or showed your feats of strength around the pole? Maybe you didn’t get that phrase, let me come down a bit to give a datailed reason why every year, specifically December 23rd, the internet World is governed by odes to Festivus, the festival for the rest of us.
This holiday drew the attention of the nation, all thanks to Seinfeld. ‘The Strike’ episode of 1997 which occurred during the show’s ninth season, George Costanza’s father, Frank (Jerry Stiller), made a decision to stage a one man single feud on Christmas. In an event of celebrating an entire different system of commercialized holiday, Frank aimed on starting his own tradition holiday. “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son,” Frank explained in the show. “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.” With that, Festivus was born, Frank added.
The holiday is always celebrated on December 23rd, because Frank wanted “it to happen during Christmas.” To mark this holiday, an aluminum pole is set up in the living room or backyard called the Festivus pole, which “needs no decoration,” well, in accordance with Frank. He explained that after a Festivus meal, celebrants must air their grievances with each other and engage in feats of strength, like wrestling.
However, some people recognized holiday from Seinfeld, it’s origins actually trace back to a member of the show’s staff family history. Dan O’Keefe’s father is the original inventor of the holiday when O’Keefe was about eight years old. He celebrated Festivus while growing up with a complete feats of strength and the expression of grievances, but no Festivus pole, which was newly invented by the show.
According to an interview with O’Keefe Mother, Jones, he didn’t really want to include his family’s secrets on TV, but when some of the other writers found out about Festivus, they forced him to work it into an episode and share its brilliant weirdness with the world. He got to agree, combining both the traditions and the holiday’s tagline, “a Festival for the Rest of Us. “that was the actual family Festivus motto,” O’Keefe explained in an interview with the Washington Post. “Referring initially to those remaining after the death of my father’s mother, and then coming to mean in general a forward-looking focus on life and the living, i.e. ‘Let the dead bury the dead’. ”
After the airing of the episode, then Festivus gained more momentum and it started being celebrated outside of the O’Keefe family. “Have we accidentally invented a cult?” the inventor wondered to the New York Times. This days, Festivus is celebrated from coast to coast and even on the internet.
For detailed information on the origins of Festivus, check out O’Keefe’s book, titled “The Real Festvus”.