December 23, 2004
For the rest of us

I confess, I was never much of a Seinfeld watcher, so I never knew anything about Festivus. Turns out the show's writers didn't completely make it up.

The actual inventor of Festivus is Dan O'Keefe, 76, whose son Daniel, a writer on Seinfeld, appropriated a family tradition for the episode. The elder O'Keefe was stunned to hear that the holiday, which he minted in 1966, is catching on. "Have we accidentally invented a cult?" he wondered.


To postulate grandly, the rise of Festivus, a bare-bones affair in which even tinsel is forbidden, may mean that Americans are fed up with the commercialism of the December holidays and are yearning for something simpler. Or it could be that Festivus is the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering (even better than Chrismukkah, popularized by the television show The O.C.).

Or maybe, postulating smally, it's just irresistibly silly.

Nothing wrong with silly. We could use some more silly.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 23, 2004 to Society and cultcha | TrackBack

I could be wrong here, but wasn't Kwanzaa also created in 1966?

Posted by: William Hughes on December 23, 2004 11:11 AM

According to the article, Kwanzaa was created in the 1960s, so you're about right.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on December 23, 2004 12:57 PM