Happy Festivus, the Holiday for the Rest of Us

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Sick of both the commercial and the religious aspects of Christmas? Then celebrate like George Costanza’s dad.

The world first heard of Festivus during a December 18, 1997 episode of Seinfeld called “The Strike.” In the episode, Frank Costanza creates the holiday as a protest to Christmas.

(See a brief history of Christmas traditions.)

Instead of a typical Christmas tree, Festivus requires an aluminum pole. At the Festivus meal, people air their grievances — telling dinner guests their disappointment in each other — and then complete “feats of strength,” pinning the dinner host to the ground.

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The holiday quickly moved away from the screen, and some still celebrate it today. In Washington, there’s even a bulletin board set up where residents can air their grievances. A few gems? “A pair of leggings is not pants,” “So help me God, I will tear my conductor’s heart out and eat it while he watches,” and “Why does happy hour start at 4:30 p.m. when work ends at 6:30?”

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