Festivus – We’re all too familiar with the ‘Festivus Yes! Bagels No!’ sign that Kramer was holding up on TV show Seinfeld in 1997. The holiday was created by a man named Dan O’Keefe and written into the sitcom by his son Daniel. Just like other statements made on the show, this one became a winner, and it was a popular water cooler discussion the next day.
Festivus is meant to be a way of celebrating during the holiday season but not be tied to the commercialism and stress of it all. The one and only decoration needed to display for the holiday is a simple undecorated aluminum pole.
Some of the activities that you could partake in would include the “Feats of Strength,” the “Airing of Grievances,” and you could call any explainable events, “Festivus Miracles.”
O’Keefe once explained that he first celebrated Festivus in February of 1966 as the anniversary with his wife, but it was moved to December 23rd for the Seinfeld show.
On the episode “The Strike” the holiday is celebrated by George’s father, Frank Costanza and Kramer. During the episode Frank explains the reason for his creation of the holiday; “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached 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. … But out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!”