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How Do You Celebrate Festivus?

December 23, 2015 3 comments

Today is Festivus.

If you don’t know what Festivus is, it’s the holiday for the rest of us popularized by the Seinfeld episode The Gift.  It’s mainly a made up holiday that no one takes seriously.

The tenets of the holiday are the following: 1) Airing of Grievances 2) Feats of Strength and 3) the Festivus miracle.

My friend, David, and jokingly get together each year to eat lunch on Festivus. It’s a tradition that we use to get together and have some fun at Christmas. But what should we really do with Festivus as brothers in Christ?

First, we should “do all things without grumbling or disputing.” The airing of grievances really has no place in the believer’s life.

Next, “be strong and courageous.” This is the greatest feat of strength that we could perform on a daily basis.

Finally, God is in charge of miracles. It’s up to Him when they happen. They could happen on Festivus or any day that the Lord chooses.

So, celebrate Festivus, but redeem it for the Lord. Don’t follow in the footsteps of Frank Costanza. Follow the Lord instead.

Happy Festivus!!!

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New Thoughts On Festivus

December 23, 2014 2 comments

Today is Festivus and today marks the annual Festivus post.  Of course, Festivus is a fictional holiday created during the heyday of Seinfeld.  You can check it out for yourself if you need more history on it.

My friend, David, and I usually get together for lunch and celebrate together.  The only things we don’t have is an aluminum Festivus pole to commemorate the event, but we may some day.

Festivus is a bit of a joke for us, a bit of levity during the stress of the Christmas season.  However, I had some thoughts about it this year.

Airing of Grievances

One thing that marks Festivus is the traditional airing of grievances.  This actually doesn’t sound much different from any other day.  We certainly, as a species, love to complain.

We who follow Christ should strive to be different.  We should do all things without grumbling or complaining.  What if we spent more time airing all of the good things that happen in our life?

Feats of Strength

George Constanza’s dad wanted to compete in a wrestling as a feat of strength.  What if we turned this on its ear as well?

What if, instead, we took Joshua’s words to heart?  What if we strove to be strong and courageous to honor the Lord?  What difference would Festivus and Christmas be in our lives?

Festivus Miracle

The description of Festivus includes a Festivus miracle.  The problem is  that we have miracles in our lives daily.  Living itself is a miracle.  We take our lives for granted.  Let’s open our eyes to the miracles the Lord allows into our lives and celebrate them daily, not just one day a year.

Yes, Festivus is a joke.  We don’t have movies, though we have one TV episode that highlights it.  Let’s use it to drive us close the Lord, even though it has nothing inherently to do with our faith or the Christmas season we celebrate.

Do you give any thought to Festivus?

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Happy Festivus!!!

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Today is Festivus, which means only one thing.

Today, in some shape, in some form, my friend David and I will celebrate this made up holiday from Seinfeld.

We will air our grievances.  There’s not telling what type of problem we will complain to each other about.

We will compete in feats of strength.  Maybe it will be Indian wrestling this year.

Then we will wait for the Festivus miracle.  I’m sure it will come.

Happy Festivus everyone!!!

Happy Festivus: An Older Christmas Post

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I am taking a break this weekend and posting some older posts.  This is last year’s Festivus post.  My friend David and I are not working together any longer, but I know that we are celebrating it together in spirit.

I don’t know if you are familiar with Festivus.

It’s a fake holiday that was created by the dad of one the writers of Seinfeld.  It made its appearance on the show and in the broader conscience of America in an episode called The Strike.  The thought of Frank Costanza buying George a doll and failing, resulting in the creation of Festivus makes me laugh.

There are a few requirements of celebrating Festivus.  First, you have to air your grievances with those you are celebrating with.  This is different from the normal airing of grievances that occurs on a daily basis.

Next comes the feats of strength.  Some form of wrestling is an outstanding way to achieve this one.

Finally, you must be on the lookout of the Festivus miracle.

And don’t forget the Festivus pole.  This is simple an aluminum pole on a stand.

My friend, David, and I will be celebrating this today at lunch.  We have plenty of grievances.  I plan on putting David in a figure-four leg-lock.  However, the Festivus miracles have already happened.  Yesterday, I was told th at our washer had torn up while Jan and I were at work.  After we got home, we found out that it was just a faulty setting.  A Festivus miracle.  My sports team, the University of Tennessee Volunteers, received the commitment of a five-star player who graduated high school early and will play immediately.  It had to be the reach of the power of Festivus, right?

Of course, all of this is in fun.  None of this is serious.  David and I like to have this bit of fun every year.

Don’t forget what this season of the time is about.  It’s really about the birth and arrival of Christ.  Let this reality become a part of your life all year-long.  Don’t limit it to a few days toward the end of the year.

Do you celebrate Festivus?  How do you celebrate it?

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The Christmas Eve Roundup

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome to the Christmas Eve edition of The Weekly Roundup.  While I love to have readers and comments on my posts, I have mixed feelings today.  In a sense, I hope you’re too busy with Christmas and family activity to read my blog today.  Then again, you may have some extra time while you’re hanging around.  So, let’s get on with it.

The most viewed post of mine from the last week was My 10 Favorite Rock/Pop Christmas Songs.  This would be fantastic, but I didn’t post this one this week.  This one was posted back almost two weeks ago.  It has climbed steadily and is now one of the post popular posts I have ever written.

Coming in right behind it was one that I actually wrote this week, Christmas Cynics.

Next up, 140 Words (More or Less) About The Three Wise Men.

Do You Have A Wonderful Life? generated some comments.

Christmas Fears and Happy Festivus! did ok.

The post I was most disappointed in this week was possibly my favorite.  Is There Any Christmas In Your Carol? did not do well at all.  I’m not sure what happened with this one.

What’s happening over the next week here at Deuceology?

Merry Christmas tomorrow.

Anyone can have a Top 10 list.  I’m going to share the 10 least viewed posts of the year on Monday.

Tuesday will bring what I learned through blogging this year.

On Wednesday, I’m going to share 5 questions I’m going to ask myself a lot in 2012.

Twitterfic Thursday will bring 140 Words about my goals for 2012.

Friday, I will share some more random thoughts.

Saturday, I will do a Yearly roundup.  Here is where you will see my top 10 posts of the year.

Happy Festivus!!!

December 23, 2011 6 comments

I don’t know if you are familiar with Festivus.

It’s a fake holiday that was created by the dad of one the writers of Seinfeld.  It made its appearance on the show and in the broader conscience of America in an episode called The Strike.  The thought of Frank Costanza buying George a doll and failing, resulting in the creation of Festivus makes me laugh.

There are a few requirements of celebrating Festivus.  First, you have to air your grievances with those you are celebrating with.  This is different from the normal airing of grievances that occurs on a daily basis.

Next comes the feats of strength.  Some form of wrestling is an outstanding way to achieve this one.

Finally, you must be on the lookout of the Festivus miracle.

And don’t forget the Festivus pole.  This is simple an aluminum pole on a stand.

My friend, David, and I will be celebrating this today at lunch.  We have plenty of grievances.  I plan on putting David in a figure-four leglock.  However, the Festivus miracles have already happened.  Yesterday, I was told th at our washer had torn up while Jan and I were at work.  After we got home, we found out that it was just a faulty setting.  A Festivus miracle.  My sports team, the University of Tennessee Volunteers, received the commitment of a five-star player who graduated high school early and will play immediatgely.  It had to be the reach of the power of Festivus, right?

Of course, all of this is in fun.  None of this is serious.  David and I like to have this bit of fun every year.

Don’t forget what this season of the time is about.  It’s really about the birth and arrival of Christ.  Let this reality become a part of your life all year long.  Don’t limit it to a few days toward the end of the year.

Do you celebrate Festivus?  How do you celebrate it?