Happy Festivus, everyone!
Frank Costanza: “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.”
Cosmo Kramer: “What happened to the doll?”
Frank Costanza: “It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!”
Kramer: “That must have been some doll.”
Frank Costanza: “She was.”
The holiday, created in 1997 by Dan O’Keefe, a writer for Seinfeld, has become a worldwide phenomenon according to at least one article:
The Festivus faithful have gathered across the globe and have come together in places as various as seedy bars, campus squares and corporate boardrooms. Citizens, with varied degrees of success, have petitioned to raise Festivus poles beside public nativity scenes. Social networking sites and holiday-specific venues — like festivusbook.com and festivusweb.com — are go-to places for those who want to share the cheer, or jeers.
There are many components to celebrating Festivus (including feats of strength) but my favorite part is the Airing of Grievances:
Frank Costanza: “And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!”
So, in honor of Festivus, please feel free to air all grievances in the comments.
My first grievance: Why oh why can’t I just live on pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and brandy? Why?