Word For Wednesday (W4W) #46


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Today is December 23rd, AKA Festivus, the Christmas for the rest of us.

*Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode “The Strike”.[1][2] The holiday’s celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, 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”.[3]

As a non-believer and a person who despairs at the way a supposedly religious celebration has become a vulgar commercial farce, I am not celebrating Xmas. There are no decorations in my house, no tree, no cards on display. I have bought and delivered gifts to the people I love who do celebrate the day – I am not that mean!

But I do love the idea behind Festivus, don’t you? It is so much more honest! Any Xmas gathering I can remember comprised of either a full blown, (usually alcohol fuelled), row or that simmering, resentful tension that is generated by spending time in close, confined conditions with people you do not choose to spend time with during the rest of the year. At least with Festivus you get to enjoy the “Airing of Grievances”!

If you  are someone who celebrates the day I wish you a Merry Xmas and only good things in 2016.

If you are one of “the rest of us”, I bid you a most excellent Festivus!

Here, have a giggle on me!

*Thanks Wiki!



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13 thoughts on “Word For Wednesday (W4W) #46

  1. That sounds like a great idea. Don’t think the rest of my family would go along with it though 😀
    I’m only happy we get on pretty well so don’t usually have the tradition of rows.
    Happy Festivus!

  2. Hello lovely! A very Merry Festivus season to you. Sorry I missed out on this W4W – the first I missed since I joined you in February. I was gutted, but with so many extra hours at work, an elderly relative to get irritated by and a Toblerone the size of my leg to demolish …
    Hope you’ve had a few relaxing days with the OH and a that you have a joyous 2016. I promise to rejoin you for the last W4W of 2015. Much love, Lynn X

  3. Pingback: Time to put away Christmas and face the New Year with a smile … and a bunch of daffodils | Word Shamble

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