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Holidays

The Festivus Flamingo
The Festivus Flamingo

Frank:  Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son.  I reach 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!

Kramer:  What happened to the doll?

Frank:  It was destroyed.  But out of that, a new holiday was born.  A Festivus for the rest of us!

~ From the 166th episode of “Seinfeld”

Bella contemplates Festivus.
Bella contemplates Festivus.

About a week ago, a parcel arrived on my doorstep.  It was a gift from a good friend who knows me pretty well (or at the very least, knows about my fondness for pink flamingos).  It was also, she wrote, a Festivus gift.  If you’re not familiar with Festivus, it is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23.

Festivus, a well-celebrated parody, has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.  Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, the holiday entered popular culture after it was made the focus of a 1997 episode of the program.  The holiday’s celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”

The episode refers to it as “a Festivus for the rest of us,” referencing its non-commercial aspect.  It has also been described both as a “parody holiday festival” and as a form of playful consumer resistance.

~ From Wikipedia

What IS this?
What IS this?  And can I eat it?

You might be wondering why I am posting about Festivus now instead of waiting until the proper day to celebrate.  I think my blog posting days are going to be pretty sporadic over the next few weeks, and I really want to share the Festivus Flamingo with you, and publicly say thank you to the great friend who sent it to me.  You know who you are.  Thank you.  It’s perfect!  I especially like that it came with instructions for putting together a 2D Minnie Mouse Christmas decoration, leaving us to figure out how to assemble the flamingo on our own because, it seems to me, that’s how a Festivus gift should be.

This way.  (The Kingfisher on the bench by the lagoon.)
This way. (The Kingfisher on the bench by the lagoon.)

We have friends arriving sometime this afternoon for a weekend visit.  After that, we’ll be well into the swing of the holidays which includes some travel.  If I have time and feel so inclined, I’ll post.  If not, consider me on a break.  I did schedule a few posts, but might cancel those just to give us all a break.

That way.
That way.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Wishing you a Merry Solstice, a Fabulous Festivus, a Happy Christmas, and a joyous New Year!  I’m sure I left out a holiday or two, so if you’re celebrating one of those, Happy! Happy! to you.

Huddling in the cold.
Huddling in the cold.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Today’s joys:  The anticipation of visiting with friends; a clean and tidy house (having house guests is always a good reason to clean and neaten up the place); watching Bella watch the Festivus Flamingo to see if it’s going to do something; a friend who knows me well enough to send me pink flamingos (this is not the first); warm and comfy sweaters.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

13 thoughts on “Holidays

  1. I love that flamingo! What a great Festivus gift. Take it easy and enjoy your company and the holidays. I am once again doing NaBloPoMo this month (did it last month too!) so I’ll be blogging away. I may resort to posting links to some of my old Christmas posts but probably not. I have a few posts bumping around in my head. In any case, whatever you do, enjoy it!

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  2. Your herald on the fence is quite the stylish welcoming committee.
    The most perfect flamingo ever. No instructions is in keeping with the season
    I have one of the old old flamingos that I really should bring inside and try to take care of – but he seems to really like being outdoors. I do look at craft fairs and places by the roadside for another, but am rather picky about them. Your secret Festivus flamingo is a lovely shape and the lights. RC will be soooo jealous ( and I shall start looking for one similar)
    Sporadic is a lovely word. Gives such freedom.
    Merry Merry Cheers! And enjoy all that comes your way.

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  3. Great photos of your beautiful bright flamingo, and Bella’s contemplation of it 😉 Happy Solstice to you too, Robin. May all of your holidays be brightened with joy and friendship. Hugs, WG

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  4. I have never heard of ‘Festivus’ before – I like it very much and as it falls on my daughters birthday shall adopt it immediately and make it our main celebration day henceforth! Consider me a new convert. Have a wonderful time Robin, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

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  5. Enjoy the holidays. I’ve never watched much TV so didn’t know of Festivus, but I LOVE the concept. What a special friend to send such a charming flamingo. I need to take a break quite badly, but then there’s all the catch-up I seem to be playing lately.
    Stupendous shot of the Kingfisher. No easy feat the way them guys move.

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  6. Love this post. I love seeing references my family and I often make referred to. I’ve said before I think we have similar senses of humor, and along with Monty Python, Seinfeld references have also become part of our regular conversation. “No soup for you!” is another favorite in addition to “Festivus for the rest of us”. 😉 The pink flamingo and Bella are awesome. It reminds me of this crazy blog post that my sister showed me : http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/ Be warned, it has naughty language, but is super funny in a ridiculous sort of way if you care to have a look!
    My posting has been super sporadic lately too. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends and I wonderful holiday if I don’t see you around the blogosphere some time soon!

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