It's December 23, and across the English-speaking hipster world people are celebrating the older-than-you-think tradition of Festivus. From the Wikipedia entry:
Festivus was first invented in 1966 when the father of Daniel O’Keefe, future Seinfeld writer, crafted a unique family holiday with untraditional practices such as the wrestling of the household head to the ground. O'Keefe introduced the holiday into Seinfeld lore on December 18, 1997 in the episode "The Strike", and a cult phenomenon was born.Some jolly souls in Texas have been reported singing what is probably the first Festivus Carol which it set, incredibly, to the tune of O Canada:
Our humble holiday.
Serenity Now is our only goal today.
With glowing hearts we see thy shining pole,
No tinsel there to distract our souls!
From far and wide,
Oh Festivus, to air grievances we’re free.
Thy feats of strength are glorious to me.
Frank Costanza, we tip our hats to thee.
Oh Festivus, we’ll pin you first, you’ll see.
Vidlit has a charming animated excerpt from Allan Salken's book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us. It features a nice song by Adam Park, Gather 'Round the Pole; here's the sheet music. So put up your unadorned, lusterless aluminium pole, prepare your Grievances, and get ready for the Feats of Strength. I'm off to pin a host to the ground; have a good one.
Update: I would be remiss to ignore Jerry Stiller's undeniable contribution to the charm of Festivus. His emphatic portrayal of Frank Costanza's dedication to the holiday was the real Festivus Miracle. Feel free to post your Grievances here, so long as Comments doesn't turn into a lake of fire. Pin ya later.