Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Festivus Now For The Rest Of Us

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The TV show Seinfeld has produced another “Festivus Miracle.”

This time it’s in the form of an upcoming new book, The Real Festivus (Penguin), which reveals the origin of the real-life holiday that became part of the TV series.

Author Dan O’Keefe claims it was his parents who created the holiday, and while the exact date of Festivus is a floating holiday that can occur at any time of the year, he says the first Festivus was held in 1966 to honor the anniversary of his parents’ first date in 1962.

Unlike the Seinfeld episode, there was no aluminum pole nor “Feats Of Strength.”

Instead, O’Keefe says there are traditions like a cardboard sign bearing the words “Fck Fascism” displayed on the mantle and making audio tapes of the family listening to tapes from the previous Festivus.

The last Festivus was celebrated in 1991, but O’Keefe says he’ll pass the tradition on to his children, if he ever has any.

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