Some have Christmas. Others have Hannukah. But for the rest of us, there’s Festivus.
So what is Festivus? Celebrated on December 23rd, Festivus is an alternative holiday to reject and counteract the pressures and commercialism of the holiday season. Though not created by Seinfeld it was popularized by the hit sitcom in the late ’90s. Now, it’s hard to celebrate Festivus without thinking about the iconic Seinfeld episode.
Created by Frank Costanza as a response to the commercialization of the Christmas season, Festivus has caused many a holiday trauma for George. It came to him as he pummeled another holiday shopper over the last doll on the shelf. Instead of conforming to society’s standards, a new holiday was born full of many special traditions.
It all starts with decorating. The focal point of the Festivus holiday is the pole. It’s important that it’s made of aluminum and has a “very high strength-to-weight ratio.” But don’t go ruining the pole with ornaments and definitely no tinsel!
Gather around the dinner table and get ready to feast! The meal of choice for the Costanzas on Festivus is a meatloaf-like food on a bed of lettuce. You won’t be washing it down with a special vintage or holiday cocktail. There’s no alcohol served during the Festivus feast unless you bring your own flask.
But before you can dig in, it’s time for the Airing of Grievances. Instead of listing things you’re thankful for or sharing wishes for the New Year, it’s time to tell your loved ones, and the world, just how much they’ve disappointed you this year. And if you’re like Frank Costanza, you’ve “got a lotta problems” to air.
Festivus concludes with the Feats of Strength. Every year, the head of the household gets to wrestle the guest of his or her choice. The holiday isn’t over until the head of the household has been pinned. It’s clear that this tradition has caused George some holiday trauma. The first time it’s even mentioned, he ran out of the coffee shop in a panic! When Kramer heads back to work on Festivus, he leaves George to take on Frank in the Feats of Strength.
In honor of this alternative holiday, we thought a Festivus celebration was the perfect party to plan. From all the party tips and tricks to some very on-theme photo booth props, we’ve got all you need to throw the Festivus party of your dreams. While these printable posters may not be an aluminum pole, we think Frank Costanza would let these decorations slide. Designed by @inkycap, these Seinfeld posters feature Frank and Estelle Costanza, George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer. Print them out and hang them up for a Festivus you’ll never forget.
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Download the high-res PDF of Frank and Estelle Costanza for printing.
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Download the high-res PDF of Jerry Seinfeld for printing.
Download the high-res PDF of Elaine Benes for printing.
Download the high-res PDF of Cosmo Kramer for printing.
Once the head of the household has been pinned, bringing Festivus to a close, it’s nice to know there’s minimal cleanup. Just take down the printable Seinfeld posters and put your aluminum pole away until next year. A weight should have been lifted off your shoulders after the Airing of Grievances which means you can go into the New Year feeling fresh!