Festivus, a well-celebrated parody, has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 which serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas holiday season.
It was originally a family tradition of Seinfeld scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe. The holiday entered popular culture after it was made the focus of a 1997 episode of the program.
The holiday’s celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”
The episode refers to it as “a Festivus for the rest of us” and some atheists advocate Festivus because of its lack of religious significance. People have set up “festivus poles” alongside public displays of the crèche of Christmas and the menorah of Hanukkah.