The Alter-Ego of Christmas: Celebrate ‘Festivus’ if Bored of Over-Commercialised Christmas, Join Seinfeld Fans

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | December 23, 2013 10:07 PM EST

— Kirsten Fleming (@KirFlem) December 18, 2013

Christmas is just around the corner, you can feel the warmth even though you cannot yet see the light. Millions of Christians celebrate the Christmas every year with equal zeal and energy. However, there are certain people who prefer celebrating Festivus instead of Christmas.

If you are wondering why on earth you have never heard of that festival in your entire life, you may not be among those who have religiously followed "Seinfeld" over the years. One of the most popular television shows ever, "Seinfeld" gave birth to the festival called "Festivus." Considered to be a secular holiday, Festivus is the brainchild of the on-screen buddy of Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza (Jerry Stiller). It is celebrated by erecting aluminium poles.

The die-hard fans of the show have been observing the festival since it was first talked about in one of the episodes, The Strike. The alternative of the Christmas which, according to the father of Costanza, is over-commercialised was invented by him when he fought with another man over buying a Christmas doll for his child. "A Festivus for the rest of us!" - as it was said.

If you belong to the "rest of us," here are the things you need to do for celebrating Festivus, as featured on the official Web site of Festivus.

Decorations: Forget about erecting Christmas trees which cost a lot of money depending on what you are looking for in it. Instead, erect an aluminium pole without any added decoration on it. There should not be any decoration because Frank Costanza, the father of the festival, finds it distracting.

Grievances: Unlike Christmas when people talk about the good things of their guests, you must express your grievances about them. Festivus allows you to say the nastiest remarks about your guests as a part of the custom.

Festivus Dinner: The menu consists of meat loaf and spaghetti which you must share with your guests no matter how harshly they criticise you just before the dinner.

The Feats of Strength: The dinner must end with the head of table challenging one of the guests to participate in the feats of strength. The celebration must end when the guest wrestles and pins the head of the table to the ground.

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