The Festivus celebration includes four major components:
The Festivus Pole: The tradition begins with an aluminum pole, which has a "very high strength-to-weight ratio." During Festivus, the unadorned Festivus Pole is displayed. The pole was chosen apparently in opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, because it is "very low-maintenance," and also because the holiday's patron, Frank Costanza, "find[s] tinsel distracting.".
Festivus dinner: In "The Strike," a celebratory dinner is held on the evening of Festivus prior to the Feats of Strength.
The Airing of Grievances: At the beginning of the Festivus dinner, each participant tells friends and family of all the instances where they disappointed him or her that year. As quoted from Frank Costanza: "I've got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it!".
The Feats of Strength: Traditionally, the Feats of Strength take place after the Airing of Grievances. The head of the family tests his or her strength against one participant of the head's choosing. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned to the ground. A participant is allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the family only if they have something better to do instead. While it may be fun idea, the traditional Feats of Strength could be damaging to people, not to mention furniture and household appliances.
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