Festivus, that annual celebration for the rest of us, is upon us, once again. But in 2010 Festivus just don't feel like, well, Festivus.
The idea was first introduced in Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld's long-running television comedy, as an alternative to what some perceive as the commericialization of Christmas.
But this time, Festivus doesn't feel like Festivus, and maybe that's because the idea was started by a long-cancelled TV show, rather than a religious event?
At any rate, I know Festivus isn't as huge this year, because Mediaite's not mentioning it at all. Last year, the online media watchdog publication had a Mediaite Festivus of the top 50 media influencers in 2009, and that I talked about in my vlog here:
This year, zip. Nada.
And while Festivus is a Google Trend, some of the blogs and articles don't seem to be focused on it in the title heading. Festivus is more the day that, say, an NFL football game is being played.
I think AOL's David Knowles got it right when he observed that Festivus lived on, although Seinfeld reruns were "dated." I think Festivus is headed in the same direction. But there's still Christmas, and always will be.
Now, for this blogger, Christmas is about giving, not necessarily buying. It's also a celebration of the time of Christ's birth.
For some reason there are people who just want to be mean. They want to be mean 24 and 7, and so they hate Christmas. Can't stand it. Those people are sad sacks. There's nothing wrong with being nice to people and giving to them in honor of the birth of Christ, and because it's just a plain nice thing to do.
As I said to someone who explained the common rationale for not celebrating Christmas, in other words, it's commericialized, "Christmas is something you do with society. Why does it have to be about you?"
Don't be selfish. Get into the sprit. Give of yourself.
Happy Festivus and Merry Christmas!