Festivus and Finding Joy in the Holiday Season

In Lifestyle, Relationships by Sarah Hink

December 23rd is quickly approaching, that means Happy Festivus! If you’ve never heard of this holiday, or only have some vague familiarity with it, don’t worry: Festivus is an entirely fictional holiday. The origin of this fictional holiday is television writer Dan O’Keefe, who celebrated this tradition with his family and incorporated it into a 1997 episode of the hit comedy Seinfeld. In Seinfeld, the character George Costanza attempts to prove that his family celebrates Festivus in order to cover up a lie. While this fictional holiday was popularized as a silly storyline in a 90’s sitcom, the concept has taken on a life of its own. In fact, numerous politicians, cities, media companies, and even Google have adopted various Festivus traditions. What is Festivus? Celebrated on December 23rd, Festivus …