Friday, December 23, 2005

Happy Festivus!

My friend Jason over at Number One Cellar recently wrote a post about his first Festivus experience. Festivus is a secular holiday that was popularized in the 1997 Seinfeld episode "The Strike." And the "holiday" has inspired online businesses as well as numerous stories about Festivus across the internet. There's even a site that claims to know the true origin of Festivus, Festivusbook.com. While I view Festivus as little more than an entertaining diversion, the amazing thing is that there are people who are beginning to celebrate this as a real holiday, much like Kwanzaa, which was formed in 1966, the same year as the alleged beginning of Festivus. Now it's time for the "airing of grievances." Doesn't this indicate some kind of deficiency in society, that these made-up holidays can become actual celebrations? That there are arguments about whether "Jediism" can be considered a religion? It's like the parodies of Futurama come to life (The Church of Trek, the celebration of "Xmas"), but it's real life! The line between actual and fictional continues to be blurred. But in the spirit of the holiday, I will wish you all a Happy Festivus, and I will give you a Festivus gift.

Festivus is not over until you pin me George!


"...not the feats of strength..." - George Costanza

1 comment:

  1. Hey, thanks for the plug! And I must extend my own Festivus greeting to you sir. BTW, was good to see you again bro!

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