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The Late Movies: How to Celebrate Festivus

While the origins of Festivus are a little murky — Seinfeld? The father of a Seinfeld writer? The ancient Romans? — one thing is certain: The celebration of this secular holiday persists throughout the world. Here, Allen Salkin, author of Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us clears up some Festivus myths and shares [...]

On the Blessed Origins of Festivus

While Seinfeld might have popularized Festivus (A Holiday for the Rest of Us!), the Costanza clan’s strange celebration of choice actually existed long before the show. The holiday, which features a stark aluminum pole instead of a Christmas tree, “The Airing of Grievances” where complaints are voiced about friends that have wronged you, and “The [...]