A holiday celebrated as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas holiday season.
Festivus was conceived by author and editor Daniel O'Keefe, the father of TV writer Dan O'Keefe, and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. In the original O'Keefe tradition, the holiday would take place to celebrate the anniversary of Daniel O'Keefe's first date with his future wife, Deborah.
Festivus gained popularity after being featured in an episode ("The Strike") of the popular American sitcom, Seinfeld, aired on December 18th 1997.
Festivus involves a plain aluminum pole, an airing of grievances and wrestling.
Every year, on December 23rd, fans of the show Seinfeld celebrate Festivus by gathering around an aluminum pole and participating in the “Airing of Grievances.”