One may find this peculiar, but my family does in fact celebrate Festivus. Festivus, for those of you unfamiliar with popular culture, was a holiday created on the TV series, Seinfeld. Yes, our family actually celebrates a holiday created by a TV show. Granted, it started partly as a joke, but after doing it for 5+ years in a row, it has become our annual summertime family reunion. We even have a pole, air grievances if necessary, and pass along a loaf of fruitcake and Festivus Bylaws to the newly crowned king and/or queen of Festivus towards the end of the celebration. I am not sure what was actually created on the TV show and what we made up at this point, but that is what we do. The initial King/Queen of Festivus must have figured out a way to preserve that fruitcake pretty well, because that thing, even if it’s hard as a rock, is still alive and kicking.
It was not until I was talking to a friend today and mentioning that I am going home next weekend for Festivus that I realized this isn’t something a normal family does. I tried to explain that it is significant only because it’s an excuse for our family to get together, but she kept coming back to the same thing…”wait, you celebrate FESTIVUS?” I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen her laugh that hard. We’d continue on to another topic, but it all lead back to the same thing…”FESTIVUS??!!”
Every year, Festivus keeps getting better and better. On top of the standard pole and passing of the fruitcake, this year we are apparently going over and above with:
- A DJ
- Margarita bar (never said my family lacked in drinking ability)
- Professional photographer doing group shots and candids for a few hours, and taking special requests
- Pool with lifeguard
- Basketball court
- Tennis court
Granted, Festivus 2010 hasn’t even happened yet, but how in the world do we beat this for next year? Hopefully I am not crowned Queen because it will definitely be virtually impossible to beat.