“A Festivus for the Rest of Us!” The Perfect Holiday Celebration to Cure the 2020 Blues

“A Festivus for the Rest of Us!” The Perfect Holiday Celebration to Cure the 2020 Blues DGSpeaks

I don’t think anyone would disagree that 2020 has been a tremendously stressful year. COVID has caused many of us to loose our loved ones and, even for those of us who haven’t suffered a loss, the way we’ve had to live has often made many feel like we are loosing ourselves. From the long periods of isolation to the economic upheaval many of us have had to endure, it has become even more important than ever to seek joy wherever we can.

It’s time for Festivus!

Festivus (/ˈfɛstɪvəs/) is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally created by author Daniel O’Keefe, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, which O’Keefe’s son, Dan O’Keefe, co-wrote.


Festivus 2020 was so much fun. My son and I had our traditional meal of meatloaf on a bed of lettuce. We displayed my exquisitely handcrafted aluminum pole. We took time to air our grievances. We shouted out our Festivus miracles, for example Mittens (our cat) purred. Lastly, we displayed our feats of strength. I magnificently lifted 60 pounds over my head. On the other hand, my son’s handstand was a fail. 🤣

I hope that, no matter what’s happening in your life, you remember to find a reason to smile everyday. Take time to celebrate the little things. Laugh, be silly, and take advantage of the fact that something as wild and crazy as Festivus exists. After all it’s “a Festivus for the rest of us.”

Happy Festivus y’all! 💕

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”.

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Mercedes Diane Griffin Forbes (Diane Griffin) is the primary contributor to DG Speaks​, and the Founder of the Mercedes Parra Foundation​ for Women and Girls. She is an internationally recognized expert in marketing and micro-enterprise development with over fifteen years experience in the US, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Working in the areas of international development, education, and public policy, her career is focused on promoting gender equity, sustainable economic growth, and positive social development.

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