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Thursday, December 25, 2003

HAPPY FESTIVUS! (FOR THE REST OF US)
as i rained blows upon him
If the cultural significance of "Seinfeld" continues to grow (as manifested by the comeback of spongeworthiness), then I'm thinking that one day, we'll all be invited to a Festivus celebration.

When you do go to such a gathering, be sure you bring the essentials: Your List of Grievances worksheet, your Festivus Fruitcake Tag, and most importantly, your Festivus Feats of Strength Challenge Card. Frank Costanza would be proud.

I was going to suggest topping off the holiday with a pint of Ben & Jerry's Festivus-flavor ice cream, but sadly, it appears to be dearly departed. That sucks! It was good stuff: Cinnamon and brown sugar ice cream, laced with gingerbread cookie bits.

UPDATE: Good God, Festivus is real! In Arizona, anyway.

There's a big inaccuracy in this article, though:

Kyle McNally saw the fateful "Seinfeld" episode that gave birth to Festivus and knew it was a can't-miss party, even at the age of 10.

"I just looked at my dad and said, 'We have to do it,' " said McNally, now 19.

The episode that brought us Festivus was called "The Strike", and it debuted on December 18th, 1997. That's only six years ago. So either the kid's lying about his age, or else he and his family have faulty memories; or the reporter got it wrong.