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Festivus: Fake holiday, real grievances

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Festivus: That made-up holiday that went mainstream 16 years ago thanks to an episode of "Seinfeld." Many embrace the commercialism and religion of more traditional holidays. The "Festivus for the rest of us" does not. Its observers shun any natural, charming, or classic Christmas tree, and instead decorate their homes with one plain aluminum pole.

According to the episode, the tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances, which really means you tell everyone at the Festivus Feast -- held every December 23 -- all the ways in which they let you down during the last year.

My friend Page forgot my birthday. I'm relatively certain Sam cheated in fantasy football -- again. My family is celebrating Christmas without me. I could continue, but this Festivus must go on.

Then the holiday has feats of strength or cunning. Wrestling matches between challengers and the head of the family may sound fun until you remember that this nightmare of a holiday can't end until someone pins the household's matriarch or patriarch.

So from our household to yours we're wishing you a season's worth of Festivus Miracles so you may then exclaim as this bizarre day disappears out of sight and to all a good Festivus night?

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