#COVID19Chronicles-259: December 23, 2020-Festivus

Today is Festivus—the holiday for ‘the rest of us’, with its focus on the airing of grievances and disappointments 🙂 :

In an era when those who knew only about major religious holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, and more recently socially-focused traditions like Kwanza, we now have something else to ‘celebrate’.

Honestly, I’d never heard of Festivus before this week, and that’s probably because I was never a regular watcher of ‘Seinfeld’, where it originated, according to Time:

‘The holiday drew national attention thanks to Seinfeld. In a 1997 episode titled “The Strike”, which aired during the show’s ninth season, George Costanza’s father, Frank (Jerry Stiller), decided he was staging a one-man war on Christmas. In lieu of celebrating a crassly commercialized holiday, Frank was going to start his own tradition—Festivus. “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son,” explained Frank in the show. “I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.” With that, Festivus was born.’

Watch for yourself:

The Internet has given the holiday life it might never have had in another time, but, in this year of disappointment and many grievances, its time might just have truly come 🙂

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)