December 23rd Festivus

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan there is still one holiday you can still celebrate, it was created by Daniel O’Keefe (A writer on the Seinfeld show) on December 18, 1997 for the character Kramer, it’s Festivus. No, it doesn’t really stand for anything for those who don’t really believe in anything. It is symbolized by an aluminum pole with no other decorations on it, meatloaf as a dinner meal and a feat of strength after the meal. I suppose there are those that celebrate Festivus even though it doesn’t really exist. Even the date is wrong, it should be December 18th, not December 23rd. But does it matter? The clear answer is, no.

How to celebrate – Celebrate Festivus when ever you want. Find something you believe in so you don’t have to celebrate Festivus. Watch re-runs of Seinfeld.

December 23rd Festivus

Well, during the season when there are so many holidays why not create another! It’s not like Christmas or Hanukkah are enough, we need another one for those who don’t believe in anything except the gifts. Actually, it was created because Christmas has become too commercial.

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That’s why it’s for everybody else! For those who choose not to celebrate anything. It was created by Daniel O’Keefe’s father in 1966. So how did it grow to what it is, or isn’t, today!?! Well Daniel O’Keefe was a writer on the Jerry Seinfeld show and wrote into one of the episodes and it became history after that.

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It has simple decorations. Just an aluminum pole void of anything else. That makes it simple and something that cannot distract from daily life. there are no gifts or sentiments exchanged, it simply passes without anyone celebrating it or even acknowledging it.

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There is no fancy supper, just a test of strength. If it were up to me, I would let someone else win quickly because the loss, or victory, of the test of strength ends the non-celebration of Festivus.

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So if you don;t want to celebrate anything this December, today is the day not to ‘celebrate it! Of course, you’ll need to figure out what to do with the aluminum pole afterwards. Perhaps, take up pole jumping!

How to celebrate – Buy an aluminum pole. Have a wrestling match. Don’t celebrate anything.

December 21st Humbug Day

For anyone who has gone shopping on Black Friday, this is your day to celebrate! Characters like Scrooge, the Grinch and the Abominable Snowman love this holiday. It’s the day to celebrate all that is wrong with Christmas, Hanukkah and any other religiously based holiday.

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The holiday was actually created on the Seinfeld show with the alternative holiday becoming Festivus. Festivus is a holiday where you don’t anything. Instead of a Christmas tree you use a plain aluminum pole, not decorated of course, tell everyone about your grievances and end the day with a Festivus dinner of whatever you might normally have if it wasn’t a holiday.

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Christmas is often a difficult time to get through. There are many people who have regrets and are sad about something. The holidays seem to increase their awareness of all they have to be sad about instead of what they have to be happy about. While I completely understand and sympathize with their plight, it is so much easier to find things to be sad about over finding things there are to be happy about.

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So I suggest that instead of look at all the negatives, look for the positives. Look for all that you do have over the things that you don’t have and  if all that fails, remember the real reason for the season, regardless of what religion you celebrate. If none of that works…

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…celebrate Humbug Day.

How to celebrate – Don’t enjoy any of the Christmas lights or decoration you see. Don’t have a family dinner with all the trimmings. Return any gifts you get whether you like them or not.