Not a fan of all the rush of the holiday season and want something totally different?
Take a break from all the business around this time of the year and just kick back with no worries about gifts, decorations, huge parties and who’s sitting at the kiddy table.
The answer for you is … Festivus!
Laugh it up! It may be just what you need.
The real question is: do you know enough about Festivus to throw a genuine Festivus party?
We'll help you get there.
You've probably heard Festivus tossed around the office or on memes, but that doesn't get to the root of this unofficial holiday. Let's go back in time to the late '90s when sitcoms ruled the airwaves and Thursdays nights were our favorite.
There was a certain show that captured our hearts (for those of you who were around all those years ago) and introduced us to the meaning of Festivus. Don't know what we're talking about, you're going to have to do a little bit of research.
Still don't know what we're talking about? Then you'd better get familiar with a tradition that is for the rest of us!
Festivus was introduced as a holiday like no other. Here are some fun facts about Festivus.
- It's to be celebrated on December 23rd
- It has no ties to religion or commercialism
- An undecorated sturdy aluminum pole is the cornerstone centerpiece
- Have meatloaf served over lettuce leaves
- During dinner, everyone airs out their grievances
- After dinner, feats of strength are demonstrated when the head of household challenges someone to a wrestling match beneath the Festivus pole
Although Festivus is not actually a recognized holiday, the idea behind taking a break from all the hustle and bustle has some true merit behind it. This doesn't mean you need to run out and buy yourself a large aluminum pole to stick put in your living room, but how about setting aside a day where you get together with a few close mates and have real and deep conversations – hopefully not having to air out too many grievances.
There are some individuals that put a lot more stock into it. If you are thinking of keeping things fun, there are board games and other casual ways to celebrate it at your own pace. For example:
- White elephant gift exchange
- Christmas scavenger hunt
- Christmas bingo
- Christmas jeopardy
- Christmas trivia
- Best holiday drink competition
However, if you're a more traditionalist and want to stay authentic to this here-shall-not-be-named show, you’d prepare the meatloaf dinner, have the industrial aluminum pole set up, invite everyone to share their qualms about one another and end the evening with a wrestling match. (Hope your guests/family have thick skin and aren’t easily offended!)
While it is not known how many people truly celebrate Festivus, wrestling competitions and all, the popularity has had a strong following, so much so that more detailed elements have been pulled out of this and other episodes to make it more bona fide. Take some time to become versed with tv program that was truly ahead of its time in a number of ways.
Many fans of the sitcom have opted out of the traditional meatloaf dinner, especially served over lettuce and have gone for other foods that were commonly highlighted in other installments of the show, such as black and white cookies, marble rye bread and poppyseed bagels. Does it really matter what the meal is? That's totally up to you. But, put your research in so you can be in-the-know.
Assuming you are still interested in throwing your own Festivus party/get-together, sky's the limit to make it whatever you want, but we recommend being the host with the most and having enough Rogue to go around. 'Tis the season to be merry, no matter what that looks like to you.