in what episode of the television classic seinfeld was the fictional holiday festivus introduced?
Festivus is both a parody and a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. It has been described as “the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering”.
Seinfeld always did its best to undercut the overwhelmingly sweet nature of traditional Christmas episodes — most memorably with “The Strike” and its introduction of Festivus, the holiday George’s father created years ago to fight back against the holiday season’s rampant commercialism. (Incredibly, this tradition only comes up in the show’s ninth and final season.) But if you’d rather have more of Julia Louis Dreyfus’s Elaine Benes in your holiday (and who wouldn’t?), you can turn to season four’s “The Pick,” in which Elaine accidentally sends out a NSFW Christmas card.
December 23rd — the day of all days. Every year since a 1997 episode of Seinfeld (or, if you’re part of writer Daniel O’Keefe’s family, since 1966), families worldwide have erected their aluminum Festivus poles, gathered ’round their Festivus feasts, and shared all the reasons why they are disappointed in one another. This customary “Airing of Grievances” is followed by the “Feats of Strength” — Festivus can only end once the head of the household has been wrestled and pinned to the floor. Be sure to channel your inner Kramer and yell, “It’s a Festivus miracle!” whenever an easily explainable event occurs. It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!