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It’s a Festivus Miracle!

It’s a Festivus Miracle!

Gather around the Festivus pole

Gather around the Festivus pole

It’s a Festivus for the rest of us this holiday season, thanks to offbeat happenings at Parts and Labor, Henry’s, and Renaissance Chicago Downtown. As made famous on Seinfeld, Festivus is a fictional holiday designed to appease the oddballs and misfits; those who don’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. It’s a “Festivus for the rest of us.” From fiction to reality, the sitcom holiday has come a long way, and now you can celebrate in your own way with a few offerings throughout Chicago.

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In Logan Square, Parts and Labor is celebrating Festivus all month long., which serves as the main Festivus finale event. Every day until then, the bar and restaurant is hosting a pretty impressive raffle, wherein diners have the chance to enter for a chance to win the grand prize, which is a winter getaway in the form of a $500 travel voucher. Raffle tix are $5 and proceeds go towards Logan Square area churches. On December 23 at 9:00 p.m., Festivus culminates with some atypical holiday movies and $1 off drafts.


Finally, the Festivus holiday takes the spotlight at Renaissance Chicago Downtown………


From Wikipedia

Festivus is both a parody and a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 that serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. It has been described as “the perfect secular theme for an all-inclusive December gathering”.[1]

Originally a family tradition of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe, who worked on the American sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus entered popular culture after it was made the focus of the 1997 episode “The Strike”.[1][2] The holiday’s celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, 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”.[3]

The episode refers to it as “a Festivus for the rest of us”, referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has also been described both as a “parody holiday festival” and as a form of playful consumer resistance.[4]