A Festivus for the Rest of Us

A few years back, Pete and I decided to start a tradition of hosting a Festivus party every year. Not familiar with Festivus? It’s a famous Seinfeld episode where George’s dad creates his own holiday, complete with it’s own traditions.

Pete, being the Seinfeld lover that he is, made a “Happy Festivus” banner and bought his own aluminum pole, which is what the Costanza’s used instead of a traditional Christmas tree.


In the episode, Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. However, we decided to have people over on Saturday night simply for convenience of schedules.


After taking this picture, Pete and his buddies literally took the pole outside, stood around it and “aired their grievances.” In other words, they explained how others have disappointed them over the past year.

The other part of Festivus is the “feats of strength.” In the episode, you basically fight someone until one person is pinned. In our version of Festivus, this is Wii Boxing. Unfortunatly we forgot to charge our Wii controllers, so here is a recycled picture of “The Wii Feats of Strength” from a past Festivus in our old apartment.


I’m really bad at keeping up with pictures when I’m hosting, but was able to snap a shot of the platter I created using cookies from the holiday cookie swap at work.


Looks so pretty and loved that there were many varieties to sample.

Also on the menu was spinach dip, the holiday appetizer wreath, cheese and crackers, hummus and pita chips, mozzarella sticks, and various other items that our guests brought along.

So busy cooking and chatting that I didn’t even get a pic of Pete and I! So once again, here is one from years past right outside our old apartment.

399746_717511289684_767754566_nHappy Festivus, everyone! “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people!” 😉

Have you ever seen the Festivus episode? Did you host a holiday party this season?


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