Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Happy Festivus to You All

Today, in many circles, from easy-going fandom to zealous cult, is Festivus: a holidy created on the television show Seinfeld over a decade ago.

For a little recap on the holiday, here is an excerpt from

"Every year on December 23 since 1997, "Seinfeld" fans and general humorists have gather around an unadorned aluminum pole; aired their grievances by telling others how they disappointed them in the last 12 months; eaten a meatloaf meal with no alcohol; and performed feats of strength by attempting to pin the head of the household.

What began as a lark by a character on the popular 1990s sitcom has now taken root in the real world, to what extent and for how long into the future exactly is still anyone's guess."

I admit, in high school, at the height of the show's popularity, I had my friends over on December 23rd where they were met with their presents sitting under a pole instead of a tree. We didn't so much do the meatloaf bit (looks like I have to watch the episode again...) but who could resist the jaunty greeting of "a festivus for the rest of us!" or being able to tell your friends "you suck." and pinning it on a mere celebration of the "airing of grievances?"

We met on December 23 more because we had family obligations on the 24th and the 25th, but it seems across the world, Festivus revelers have chosen the same day (which may or may not be mentioned in the show; to tell you the truth, I'm not even sure.)

As strange as it is, today, with many, it functions as a holiday in the real world. And Seinfeld was a darn good sitcom.

So of course, as I'm sure you know, I handcarved a pole out of a linoleum block, set some type, and leterpress printed a run of Festivus cards this year for my own nearest and dearest (who, uh, watch the show at least) and sold some at various fairs and etsy as well (some are available if you want to stock up for next year :)

My card was even featured today on gluejunkie's blog.

So, as I suppose one should say on Festivus: eat your meatloaf, don't drink, and be merry!

***UPDATE: Here's the story of the holiday in a succinct edit of the original episode on YouTube! (Thanks Rob for posting this)


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