What is Festivus?

Festivus is a Fictional holiday made up for  the show Seinfeld. The popularity of the show however has made this holiday a real thing for some. So, what is, and how do we celebrate Festivus!?!

In essence, Festivus rejects the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas. The sparkling spruce or fir tree adorned with lights and ornaments is swapped with a plain aluminum pole. There are no presents. Instead of a large feast, dinner consists of meatloaf on a bed of lettuce. From there, the tradition goes as such:

  • Put a clock in a bag and nail it to the wall (which is considered “the true symbol of Festivus”).
  • Sit down for dinner.
  • Before eating comes the Airing of Grievances, an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year.
  • Enjoy Festivus dinner.
  • Amid dinner, the Feats of Strength begin, where the head of the household must be pinned by other family members. The honor goes to someone at the table.
  • Festivus is not over until the head of the household is pinned.