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article image'Festivus' holiday celebration turns 14

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Dec 25, 2011 in Entertainment
The so-called holiday made popular in the TV show "Seinfeld" is still an event widely recognized. Festivus, a "holiday for the rest of us," is supposed to be celebrated on Dec. 23.
The holiday's official website notes that Festivus was first mentioned on a Dec. 18, 1997 episode of Seinfeld. The particular episode was entitled, "The Strike." Below is part of the dialogue from the episode when Frank Costanza first begins telling the story of Festivus:
Frank Costanza: 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.
Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
Frank Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born … a Festivus for the rest of us!
Cosmo Kramer: That must have been some kind of doll.
Frank Costanza: She was.
The holiday was only supposed to be mentioned on the show as a minor plot-line, but it has since become an annual tradition recognized by many.
According to UPI, the holiday has many unique activities: a plain aluminum pole substitutes for a Christmas tree, a wrestling bout known as the "Feats of Strength," and a shouting ritual known as the "Airing of Grievances."
Mark Nelson, who runs the holiday's website, told the Los Angeles Times that every year there is a spike in traffic visiting the website. He also states that there seems to be a particular interest in the holiday this year.
He also noted that people seem to be attracted to the holiday because of its quirky nature. Most people celebrate it just for a good laugh.
Daniel O'Keefe, who was a writer for the hit show, claims that his own father was actually the one to invent the holiday, and it had been celebrated by his family for many years. O'Keefe decided to add the holiday into the show's script.
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