As soon as the last slice of pumpkin pie is eaten in November, the pressures associated with Christmas celebrations begin. It can be the most stress-driven time of year. However, if racking up eight months of credit card debt sounds less than joyous, there is an alternative.
Today we kickoff Festivus, with a toast to “Seinfeld” scriptwriter, Daniel O’Keefe. Celebrated annually on December 23, the holiday was promoted by Kramer, a character on the show, in an episode that aired December 18, 1997. If you revel in frugal celebrations, today is your day.
In lieu of a decorated tree, a simple aluminum pole is erected in an open space. The traditional entrée is meatloaf, but take-out or deli fare is acceptable. And in keeping with the festive hue of red, a platter of spaghetti and meatballs is also acceptable. Alcoholic beverages are strongly encouraged and paper dinnerware is essential.
Bring lots of sass and be prepared to aggressively air your grievances verbally, or anonymously on paper. The penned papers are randomly drawn from a hat and read aloud.
Feats of strength usher the close of the party when hosts challenge guests to wrestling matches. When a host is ultimately pinned to the floor by a guest, the party ends and everyone is sent home to sleep off their indulgences and embarrassing memories.
When you’re out and about, during the holiday bustle, feel free to ignore traditional holiday salutations and simply wish everyone a Happy Festivus! Most people will be left dazed and confused, but “Seinfeld” fans will love it!