[4], This episode inspired its own cryptocurrency called The Human Fund (HF) in 2018.[5].

Schaffer later reflected: "That's the thing with Seinfeld stories, the real ones are always the best ones. "The Strike" is the 166th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. In trying to blow off a guy in a bad denim jacket, Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) may also blow her chances to win a free sub sandwich. During Festivus, the pole is displayed unadorned. Connections It's the same sheep! "[14], The holiday, as portrayed in the Seinfeld episode,[1][15] includes practices such as the "Airing of Grievances", which occurs during the Festivus meal and in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed them over the past year. and called the meme "fake news. This episode features and popularized the holiday of Festivus.. Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Thomas Azzari ... Man on the Street (uncredited) Ruth Cohen ... Ruthie Cohen (uncredited) Jodi Carol Harrison ... Monk's Diner Patron (uncredited) Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky", "Rand Paul Festivus Grievances Target Foreign Policy Establishment: 'You Hate the President, Love War. The nailing was most often done in secret, and then revealed proudly to his family. [23] Governor Doyle's 2005 Festivus Pole is now part of the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Museum. While giving out Christmas gifts at work, George hands out cards for donations made to "The Human Fund", a fake charity George created to get out of buying gifts for his co-workers. What the Feats of Strength entailed was revealed at the very end of the episode, when it took place. In response, Lahren tweeted, "You idiots think this is real?" [1], Festivus was conceived by author and editor Daniel O'Keefe, the father of TV writer Dan O'Keefe, and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. [3], The Human Fund is also the name of a real organization based in Cleveland, Ohio established in 2005, eight years after the episode's airing.

It consists of each person lashing out at others and the world about how they have been disappointed in the past year. [11][43] Besides providing a first-person account of the early version of the Festivus holiday as celebrated by the O'Keefe family, the book relates how Dan O'Keefe amended or replaced details of his father's invention to create the Seinfeld episode. Instead of exchanging Christmas gifts (per normal custom) with his co-workers, George gave cards stating that a donation had been made in his co-workers' names to a charity called "The Human Fund" (with the slogan "Money For People"). This organization reportedly drew its name from the episode. When his boss, Mr. Kruger (Daniel von Bargen), questions George about a $20,000 check he gave George to donate to the Human Fund as a corporate donation, George hastily concocts the excuse that he made up the Human Fund because he feared persecution for his beliefs, of celebrating Festivus instead of Christmas. George (Jason Alexander) harks back to the all-purpose "Festivus" holiday created by his dad to cover both Christmas and Hanukkah. Later at the coffee shop, George opens his mail and is offended to receive a gift of a donation in his name from Whatley and also gets upset when Elaine reads a card from George's father, Frank, wishing him a "Happy Festivus", referring to a holiday that his father invented. and the Terms and Policies, "[3] The episode refers to it as "a Festivus for the rest of us". Copyright © Fandango. [24], In 2010, a CNN story featuring Jerry Stiller detailed the increasing popularity of the holiday, including US Representative Eric Cantor's Festivus fundraiser,[25] and the Christian Science Monitor reported that Festivus was a top trend on Twitter that year. [19], Some people, most of them inspired by the Seinfeld episode,[1] subsequently began to celebrate the holiday with varying degrees of seriousness. With Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander. and chanting to anyone passing the store: "Hey! "The Strike" is the 166th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. Gwen shows up at the dinner after Kramer tells her Jerry was there and sees Elaine, who she thinks is Jerry's "ugly" girlfriend that he's cheating on her with, and she storms out of the house. Attempting to call his bluff, Kruger goes home with George to see Festivus in action. [30], In 2013 and 2014, a Festivus Pole constructed with 6 feet (1.8 m) of beer cans was erected next to a nativity scene and other religious holiday displays in the Florida State Capitol Building, as a protest supporting separation of church and state.

It aired on December 18, 1997. TV Guide ranked this number three on its "Top 10 Holiday Episodes" list.[2]. And as I rained blows upon him I realized there had to be another way.Kramer: What happened to the doll.Frank: It was destroyed, but out of this came a new holiday, 'a Festivus for the rest-of-us.

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.

Jerry, Elaine, George, and Mr. Kruger attend the Festivus dinner at George's parents' house.

"[38] On Christmas Eve 2017, a meme circulated on social media of a screenshot depicting Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren delivering a Fox News Alert in which the lower third graphic overlay had been photoshopped to read, "Tomi: Obama Created Festivus to Destroy Christmas." It also explains why Kramer never held a job throughout the show. There's a nuance to reality sometimes that is just perfect. Allen Salkin's 2005 book Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us[10] chronicles the early adoption of Festivus.

[3], Cosmo Kramer twice declares a "Festivus Miracle" during the Festivus celebration in the Costanza household. [41], In 2018 it was proposed that an unnamed lane in Corrimal, New South Wales be named Festivus Lane, which went through successfully. According to Frank, "I find tinsel distracting. At the Festivus dinner, Kruger refers to Kramer as "Dr. Van Nostrand," a callback to "The Slicer." Kramer requests to have off of work to celebrate Festivus and is denied, so he goes back on strike, picketing outside the store. [10] The phrase "a Festivus for the rest of us" originally referred to those remaining after the death of the elder O'Keefe's mother, Jeanette, in 1976; i.e., the "rest of us" are the living, as opposed to the dead. [3], The original holiday dinner in the O'Keefe household featured turkey or ham as described in Dan O'Keefe's The Real Festivus. When Kramer first meets Gwen, he finds her rather unattractive and later does not recognize her when picketing outside the bagel store, claiming that she is more attractive than Jerry's actual girlfriend, which leads Gwen to think Jerry is cheating on her. ", Due to his unconscionable cheapness, George Costanza found yet another way to save money after receiving a gift donation certificate from Tim Whatley. [21] "Playoffs" was instead referred to as "Festivus" and the Super Bowl as "Festivus Maximus". [3], O'Keefe was initially reluctant to insert his family's tradition into this episode, but when executive producers Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer caught wind of the bizarre holiday through his younger brother, they became curious, then enthusiastic, then insisted it have a place in the episode. It's a Festivus miracle when you go to Google and search... "Festivus: The Google Easter egg for the rest of us", "Festivus For The Rest Of Us! Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs & The Church of the SubGenius. George, Elaine, and Jerry attend Tim Whatley's Hanukkah party, and Elaine meets a man whom she dubs "Denim Vest" (based on his wardrobe) and gives him a fake phone number after he asks her out. Jerry goes on a date with Gwen (Karen Fineman), a woman whom he met at Whatley's party, and realizes she is much less attractive than when he first met her because of the different lighting. The Festivus dinner continues with the traditional "feats of strength" where Frank forces George to fight him as George refuses. [40], In 2018, a Newsweek article was titled "Donald Trump Calls Troops On Thanksgiving But Ends Up Having A Festivus Airing Of Grievances".

The non-commercial holiday's celebration, as depicted on Seinfeld, occurs on December 23 and 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 Feats of Strength are mentioned twice in the episode before they take place.

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[2], The Seinfeld episode that featured Festivus was titled "The Strike", although O'Keefe notes that the writers later wished they had named it "The Festivus". In addition to the normal results, an unadorned aluminum pole was displayed running down the side of the list of search results and "A festivus miracle!" The two men at the betting parlor begin flirting with Elaine and ask for her phone number, prompting her to give the number for H&H Bagels. All rights reserved. George (Jason Alexander) harks back to the all-purpose "Festivus" holiday created by his dad to cover both Christmas and Hanukkah. [37], In 2017, CNN's Jake Tapper recapped President Donald Trump's berating of the news media as "instead of focusing on his accomplishments and offering an optimistic positive view of what he's doing for this country, it was an airing of grievances, it was Festivus, it was complaints about the media.

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Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Frank declares it "the best Festivus ever".

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