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”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.