Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Festivus for the rest of us

On this date in 1997, Seinfeld, then in its last year of television (it announced it would go off the air a couple weeks after the Strike episode aired) coined the holiday of Festivus.

Festivus got some play in late 1997 and early 1998, but really took off with the advent of the Internet, and especially personal publishing (blogs and such) in the mid-2000s. It's had some staying power, but, alas, has declined off its 2005 peak. Still, it's had more staying power than Seinfeld which understandably peaked in 1998 (with the shows surprising ending), although it has stayed at the pre-1998 level since.

So, get our your aluminum poles, air your grievances and get ready for your feats of strength. It's a Festivus for the rest of us!

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