What Is Festivus And How Do You Celebrate It With The Rest Of Us?

Everything you need to know about our favourite secular holiday.

Do you hate Christmas carols? Are you disillusioned thinking that Christmas has become too commercialised?

Then perhaps Festivus is for you!

Born from the 1997 episode of Seinfeld 'The Strike', Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23rd, created by the one and only Frank Costanza.

"Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son," Frank tells Kramer in the classic Seinfeld scene.

"I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realised there had to be another way … Out of that, a new holiday was born … A Festivus for the rest of us!"

Featuring an aluminum pole in place of a tree with traditions that include the Feats of Strength and Airing of Grievances, it has since become a holiday tradition for Seinfeld fans.

Here's all the info you need to know about celebrating Festivus.


There's no need to waste your hard-earned cash money on a tree you'll just throw out -- instead, Festivus is celebrated with an aluminum pole. However, the pole must remain unadorned because Frank Costanza "finds tinsel distracting."

The Airing Of Grievances 

The airing of grievances takes place after the traditional Festivus feast of spaghetti and meatloaf and commences when the head of the table stands up and declares what issues they have with their guests. Basically, it's like when your Aunt has one too many champas and hassles you as to why you haven't settled down and had babies yet because you're not getting any younger!!! 

The Feats Of Strength

A Festivus celebration is not complete without the 'Feats of Strength'.  This usually follows after Festivus Dinner and the Airing of Grievances. Two members of the Festivus celebration must then wrestle each other until one is subsequently pinned to the floor.

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And that's basically all there is to it!

If you need some inspo, check out how Seinfeld fans -- including the Chicago Police Department and Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- are celebrating this special day.