A Brief History
On December 23, 2022, we at History and Headlines would like to wish all our great viewers and subscribers a hearty and happy Festivus!
So what is Festivus? It is a secular pseudo-holiday first introduced on the Seinfeld television sitcom back in 1997, supposedly to compete with religious and other winter holidays. No presents are needed and no religious affiliation is attached, and celebrants are welcome to make up their own rules, though there are a few general guidelines.
Some of the staples of Festivus include “The Festivus Pole” and some sort of snacks and drinks to kick off the ceremonies. Activities include “The Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” before shifting to the telling of tales known as “Festivus Miracles.”
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For more information, please see…
Fielding, Kim. The Festivus Miracle. Kindle, 2014.
Nelson, Mark. Festivus! The Book: A Complete Guide to the Holiday for the Rest of Us. Kindle, 2015.
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