Pinch Celebrates Festivus for Those Who Aren’t Big on Celebrating Christmas
If you’re not big on the typical Christmas celebration, Pinch celebrates Festivus on December 23 with Seinfeld-inspired menu, activities & a Festivus pole.
Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode “The Strike”.
The non-commercial holiday’s celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”.
The episode refers to it as “a Festivus for the rest of us”, referencing its open-source nature and non-commercial character. It has been described both as a parody holiday festival and as a form of playful consumer resistance. Journalist Allen Salkin describes it as “the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering”