It’s the “holiday for the rest of us” who don’t want to take part in the commercialism that comes with Christmas or just aren’t feeling the yuletide spirit. Taking on a life of its own since appearing in that famous Seinfeld episode when George’s father explains the alternative holiday’s origin, Festivus is now almost as popular as Christmas itself.
But the alternate holiday to Christmas celebrated on December 23rd goes further back than first appearing on an episode Seinfeld, in fact the creator has been celebrating Festivus since 1966.
Celebrated on December 23rd, the humorous alternative holiday features a bland metal pole instead of a Christmas tree, airing personal grievances with family members instead of exchanging gifts, showing off your feats of strength until eventually the celebration ends by wrestling the head of the household to the floor.
Chances are you’ve heard about this holiday from its first appearance on Seinfeld in 1997, but the traditions of Festivus have been around a lot longer, dating back to 1966. The holiday was created by Dan O’Keefe, whose son Daniel O’Keefe (who just so happened to be a writer on Seinfeld) told his co-workers about the bizarre holiday, and before you know it, the Festivus episode was created!
Ever since working the practices of Festivus into the show, dedicated fans have been celebrating each and every December 23rd by putting up their metal pole in the living room and telling their family members what they really think of them.
Do you celebrate Festivus in your home?! Don’t know what it is? Check out this clip from Seinfeld that will explain everything!