Today we celebrate a holiday that was kept alive because of a sitcom. Brought to us by the twisted minds that wrote and produced “Seinfeld” and actually written by the son of Festivus’s founder, Daniel O’Keefe. Made famous by Frank Costanza and brought back to life by Kramer, this little addition to the story line took off more than they though it would. And now, December 23rd is forever to be celebrated as:
Daniel O’Keefe, Reader’s Digest editor and author, created the holiday in response to family tension. One of its central practices is the “airing of grievances.” He first celebrated the day in February of 1966. But later, the day was recognized as it is now, on December 23 in honor of O’Keefe’s first date with his future wife. O’Keefe’s son wrote the Seinfeld episode featuring the celebration.
What’s your favorite way of celebrating Festivus? Today’s traditions are more or less taken from the television show and modified over the years.
HOW TO CELEBRATE FESTIVUS: National Day Calendar