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Festivus – A Holiday For The Rest Of Us!

It’s not too late to order a Festivus pole for this year:

Festivus Pole Kit $39 plus S&H

Festivus Pole Kit $39 plus S&H

Collapsible for easy crawlspace storage. 

This is an open thread.

32 Responses

  1. Hi myiq!! 🙂

  2. Video from Fox News Chicago regarding “multiple conversations” that Rahm Emanual reportedly had directly with Blagojevich. It isn’t known whether any of these conversations involved a quid pro quo, but they are on tape.

  3. Myiq,

    I assume you are fixing the video, but could you please provide a little summary of what Festivus is? I can’t understand it from the link you sent and don’t have time to read the whole thing.

  4. I heard Festivus is a fictional holiday created for the show Seinfeld.

  5. minimalist xmas?

  6. very minimal. The pole doesn’t even have leaves!

  7. or pole branches!

  8. I just heard on the news again that Fitzgerald gave O a “clean bill of health” but Fitz said:

    “Look, we never give — you know, and I think anyone who’s from Chicago knows, you’ve heard it a thousand times — we don’t give clean bills of health.”

    So he DID NOT say anyone was clear. How can they get away with saying that..even using the same phrase??? Makes me crazy!

  9. oh.guess should have been posted under things that really PMO

  10. Festivus is what George on Seinfeld’s family celebrated instead of Christmas as explained by George’s dad Frank:

    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!

    A plain pole is used to contrast the “commercialization” of Christmas. Rituals include the “Airing of Grievances” which consists of telling others how they have disappointed you in the past year. The other ritual was the “Feats of Strength” like wrestling, which always sent George to his room crying every year.

  11. Wiki has some good Festivus info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

  12. I hope myiq fixes the video. I’d like like to watch it.

  13. What is Festivus video:

  14. Katiebird asked me to let everyone know that she is going to be at the hospital with her mom today. They are going to “blast” the kidney stone soon.

  15. thanks bb — I hope everything goes well for KB’s mom — but she sound’s like a tough cookie, so I’m not too worried!

  16. Ah, but the Feats of Strength had to end with the defeat of the head of the family, something George could never achieve.

    Remember George trying to get the day off so he could celebrate Festivus, and setting it up by saying “Happy Festivus!” to everyone in the office. Good times.

  17. Dancing Opossum — remember the tape from George’s childhood with him crying and Frank, after hearing it, says wistfully: “We had some good times.”

    I love that show.

  18. KB’s mom will feel a lot better soon.

  19. I can’t stop laughing!

    Def on the minimal side, but Festivus might be the olive branch all the world’s various religions need at the mo.

    In order to stop fighting! (With each other)—-

    Too funny miq2xu…………!

  20. I’m glad to see something humorous today. Seems more like Bleakmas this year.

  21. I’d like to go back to celebrating the soltices as the solitices rather. We should take them back. Most of them were just hijacked by religions looking for converts anyway they could get them.

  22. So, I assume, in the spirit of Festivus, we are supposed to air our grievances, right?

  23. Kim — air away!

  24. there’s a fun satire on the WSJ about the Treasury having to bail out Christmas and santa

  25. Myiq, TFF. I love the Festivus Pole. Great Festivus website too. Thanks!!!!

  26. Gosh, I can’t afford a Festivus pole, though it is quite beautiful. I shall have to find an old branch in the forest again. Sigh.

  27. Today isn’t Festivus – it’s on December 23rd.

    I fixed the YouToob link though.

  28. Seriously, buying a Festivus pole from some online outfit goes against everything Festivus stands for. Hell, buying one in the first place, as opposed to finding one somewhere, is against Festivus as well. The irony of the consumerism the idea of Festivus has wrought is not lost on me, and is quite infuriating.

    I almost feel like airing some grievances after seeing a link to that pole selling outfit. Grrrrr.

  29. And I guess the pole could be suitable (at other times of the year) for pole dancing? 💡

    [ducking and running now]

  30. I love Christmas. I’ll leave Festivus for the rest of you guys.

  31. There are some people that do celebrate it anytime of the year.

  32. Festivus for the Rest of Us!

    lol, love Seinfeld.

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