Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. For the uninitiated, Festivus comes from a Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza’s father creates a holiday because he is sick and tired of the commercialism of the “holiday season,” you can read more about it here. What started as a sitcom plot point is now celebrated by many people around the world each year.
The question that I know all of you are asking is what happens if Festivus falls out on Shabbat, as it happened on last year’s Shabbat Chanukah. Whenever there is a ridiculous halachic question someone will have an equally ridiculous halachic answer.
Once you have dealt with halachic issues you can move onto the bigger questions, like how do I fully participate in the “airing of grievances” when there are so many people to tell how much they have disappointed us this year. Thankfully, someone has come to the rescue with a convenient Facebook application.
Some of you may be questioning the Jewishness of this whole thing. Let me ask you this: What is more Jewish than the misadventures of neurotic Jews in New York City?
Happy Festivus to you all. And to those of you coming to my Festivus party, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people and now you’re going to hear about it.”