Today is Dec. 23rd and is the day marked by screenwriter Daniel O’Keefe (Seinfeld) as Festivus. Festivus was created by the genius of his father Dan O’Keefe. It is a holiday,… of sorts. Wikipedia calls it a non-secular holiday. Funny since the English word holiday comes from Holy-Day. But the humor doesn’t stop there. It’s a rebellion from other December celebrations that for many have become better acquainted with the almighty dollar. And in this spirit of fun, they mock “Festivus miracles” by emphasising the awesomeness of events that have rational and logic explanations. But what would you expect from a disgruntled non-secular crowd that honors traditions like “Airing of Grievances”.
“Festivus for the rest of us”
Funny enough the sarcastic creation of this Holiday to oppose other holidays, has taken on some wings of it’s own. The fact that a holiday opposing other celebrations happening in December even carries it’s own date is an oxymoron. So don’t take the jeers and cheers too seriously. Others have stretched this non-secular-holy-day to mark other events that are not affiliated with the mainstream events of the time. Almost how Christmas began itself, as those Christians once a minority that once feared for their lives, celebrated Christmas in-conjunction with the pagan celebrations of the winter solstice. So perhaps, if patrons of Festivus dare to hope, Festivus will someday be the holiday that trumps all.
Alas all joking aside, it is nice to have a holiday with no pressure. To sit back and laugh at myself, and others for ruining a joyous season with trinkets and stress and totem pole arrogance. So Facetious Festivus to All! … or is that to none of us. Anyone up for opposite day?