What Is Festivus? It’s Origin And How To Celebrate [VIDEO]
You're either very familiar with the 'holiday' of Festivus and its traditions, or you probably have no idea what it is.
In short, it stems from the 1990's sitcom Seinfeld and was created by Frank Costanza, father of one of the show's main characters, George. He explains it sprung from a fight that occurred while he was Christmas shopping and attempting to purchase a 'doll' for George.
For Festivus, a metal pole replaces the traditional Christmas Tree and the celebration includes some bizarre rituals, including the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength.
Here are highlights of the Seinfeld episode that bore this pseudo-holiday:
A Festivus celebration is planned outside of a firehouse in Utica, NY this week. It seems this may be in response to a recent firestorm of media coverage over a Christmas sign outside one of the city's firehouses which reads: 'Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You'.
According to a release sent to our newsroom, Utica's Festivus celebration will happen this afternoon (12/23/14) at 3:00 p.m. outside of the firehouse on Sunset Ave - across from Murnane Field.