Some of you may not remember the fake holiday that was invented during the “Seinfeld” episode “The Strike”, but fans of the show continue to celebrate Festivus even 13 years after the end of the series. According to a recent report published in New York Daily News numerous Twitter users celebrated Festivus on Friday.
The new tradition was described by George Costanza’s father, Frank, during the episode that aired on December 18, 1997. Based on what was stated on the show, the Costanzas celebrated Festivus each year on December 23. Frank invented this holiday when George was little. The idea came to him out of frustration because he was not able to buy his son the toy that he wanted even though he fought for it with another man. Frank’s words were: “Out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!”
Even though George’s father was proud of his invention, the family was feeling a little bit strange that they had to set the dinner table for the Festivus. During the respective episode the characters were shown while sitting at the table and eating meatloaf. The scene from the movie was different from the one in the book because the producer of the series thought having meatloaf at a holiday dinner was a funny moment. In the original text, the characters were supposed to serve Turkey or ham and a Pepperidge Farm cake topped with M&M’s for desert.
There were other strange customs that Frank Costanza established for his “alternative” holiday. Instead of a Christmas tree, the family was supposed to erect an aluminum Festivus pole. Moreover, each member of the family was supposed to air his/her grievances during the Holiday dinner. This was probably one of the explanations for George Costanza’s continuous whining during the show.
The Twitter celebration of the fake Festivus holiday helped Internet users to get into the spirit of Christmas as this weekend we are also celebrating the real winter holiday. The social networks will most likely be flooded with many more wishes and positive messages.