Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Festivus: The Cheapest Holiday Around

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Festivus – the holiday made famous on Seinfeld – is the cheapest way to celebrate in today’s tough economy.

Allen Salkin has just penned Festivus: The Holiday For The Rest Of Us (Grand Central), a guide on how to celebrate the bitter, anti-Christmas holiday Frank Costanza loved so dearly on Seinfeld.

Salkin says Festivus – observed on December 23 – is the most frugal of all holidays, since it’s in response to the commercialization of Christmas.

Instead of buying a Christmas tree with tons of costly decorations, the Festivus centerpiece is simply “The Pole,” an aluminum pole void of any decorations, including tinsel.

Salkin says a cheap Festivus pole can be bought at hardware stores or you can take a paper towel roll and wrap it in aluminum foil.

Instead of giving your family presents on Festivus, the main activities are “Feats of Strength” – which includes wrestling the head of the household – and the “Airing of Grievances,” where you tell your family all the ways they’ve disappointed you in the past year, which is always free.

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