According to FestivusWeb.com, Festivus is a secular holiday, normally celebrated on December 23rd. It is mainly meant as an alternative to the pressures and commercialization of the Christmas season. Festivus was a holiday featured in the Season 9 Seinfeld episode “The Strike”, which first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then, many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.
Typical Festivus activities might take the traditional Christmas tree and exchange it for an unadorned aluminum pole, which is in direct contrast to normal holiday materialism. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year. All of these traditions are based upon the events in the Seinfeld episode.
National Pfeffernusse Day
Those wonderful cookies you see mostly at Christmas that are made with ground nuts and spices and covered in powdered sugar are known as Pfeffernusse cookies and today is their special day. Make a batch and share with family and friends.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Susan Lucci – Soap Opera Actress – born in Scarsdale, New York
Paul Hornung – Football Heisman Trophy – born in Louisville, Kentucky