Happy Festivus!

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

At least some people are in the holiday spirit. I’m celebrating this year (minus the pole I have yet to get).

Here’s how it works:

Festivus Pole – tall, metal heavy, most often aluminum (fence post for a chain link fence makes a great Festivus Pole). This is similar to the “Christmas Tree”. theres no decorations or anything, especially no Tinsel, since “it’s distracting”.

Airing of Grievances – Normally performed before dinner. This is a time where you get to tell everyone attending how they have disappointed you. This is a time when they all have to sit there and here about the crap you have been putting up with. The time period in which you may complain about is the year since the last Festivus.

The Feats of Strength – This is an active part of the tradition where a family member selected by the head of the family must tackle and pin the head of the family. The holiday does not conclude until the patriarch / matriarch is pinned to the ground. In the event the selected individual has something to do, they may decline. In that situation the head will then choose another member to participate.

You can find more information here, and here (NY Times).

So happy Festivus to you and your family!

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