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Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Looking to add a little bitterness to your holiday season? Then FESTIVUS is the book you cannot do without! Take Frosty out behind the woodshed and hide your menorahs, kinaras, diyas and whatevahs...the time has come for Festivus! The event celebrated by Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) on Seinfeld, in which a bare aluminum pole replaces all holiday and religious symbols, wh ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2005)
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Cute, fun read -- but inconsequential and I was ready to be done by the time it ended. Kindle quotes:

A Festivus miracle to me would be not having to give anybody a gift during the time of year we call “the holidays,” and not feeling like I’ve shortchanged anyone or hurt their feelings. - location 39

The TV version of Festivus featured a bare aluminum pole in the place of honor many families reserve for a tinsel-draped Christmas tree, an “Airing of Grievances” in which friends, family, and acquain
Maria Camp
Festivus, yes! This book? The concept of Festivus is hilarious, and I find it endearing that some people actually celebrate it; however, this book is, unfortunately, better in concept than in execution. It is more engaging in the beginning. As you continue reading - if you continue reading - you will likely find yourself less and less inclined to continue to the next page. I rented the digital book for free via a local library. It is a quick read, even more so if you opt to simply st ...more
It’s a Festivus miracle! Someone actually wrote a book about a Seinfeld joke. Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us takes the joke too far and tries to assign meaning to it that’s just not there. Allen Salken has assembled a collection of stories from Seinfeld eccentrics that have attempted to erect a Festivus holiday. And as a whole these antidotes are rather amusing, however the obscurity of some of them shows a certain desperation to find material. To an extent the book is the joke itself; ...more
Based on an episode of “Seinfeld” called “The Strike”, Festivus is a holiday for those tired of the commercialization of Christmas and the annual rush towards the holidays that starts as early as the end of Halloween. Gather around the bare aluminum pole, give no gifts (nor receive any), warble warped variations on carols, eat those shrimps right off the flat-head nails and wrestle your dad to the floor in celebration of this wicked antidote to a worn-out holiday. Bound to appeal to the Scrooges ...more
Cute little book, celebrating Festivus and those who celebrate it. I was only familiar with Festivus through "Seinfeld," and had no idea that it actually existed. In fact, seeing Jerry Stiller's (Frank Costanza's) face on the cover, I thought the book would be specifically about the "Seinfeld" version, written from Frank's point of view (guess I missed the "foreward by Jerry Stiller" statement on the cover!). It's interesting and sweet to read of, and see the pictures of, the different people wh ...more
April Smith
It seemed the time of year.....
Ah Festivus - the holiday for the rest of us! It is one of my two favorite holidays, Groundhog Day and Festivus. No cards to send. No parades to watch. No special food to cook. No gifts to buy. No special colored M&Ms to tempt. They are silly and they are simple holidays.

One of the ritual of Festivus is the Airing of Grievances. So for this Festivus of 2012 here is my grievance - THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE!

Put up your Festivus pole and celebrate the season with family and friends - but skip thi
Sylvie Parris
Cute, but after awhile, I just got tired of it.
The best part is the forward by Jerry Stiller. Otherwise, there are a few interesting rituals that are documented - inspired me to maybe host my own Festivus party. I liked that the real thrust of this book was that people enjoy a holiday where they don't have to buy, be phony, or do things they don't want to do for the sake of tradition.
I have a book idea concerning Festivus that has been percolating in my head, so I had to go to the source to a) see if my idea has been covered and b) seek inpiration. Good news, my idea's original and I now have more ingredients in the stew. If nothing else, I've accidentally become the foremost Festivus expert of anyone I know.
Funny, but not in a Dave Barry kind of way, more like historically funny. Jerry Stiller does the foreward and it's great to hear his distinct voice on the audiobook. This book was informative about the history of Festivus. Yeah...there's a history. Can you believe it?
Wes Young
What makes this "holiday" fun and funny is the idea of Festivus; and it quickly loses is charm in large part because of the people who fanatically celebrate it. Those individuals, cataloged in the book, make this rather quick read a dull and excruciating one.
Adrienne Girard
Jan 06, 2008 Adrienne Girard rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: "seinfeld" fans
Recommended to Adrienne by: was a gift from Jen D.
this book's sheer brilliance in humor at some parts made up for the fact that it dragged in others (i.e., the feats of strength don't entertain me). it was well-researched. it mirrors my thoughts on the holiday season.
Not really amused, lots of typos.
John Yelverton
This book definitely had some funny parts, but it was really not that great of a book.
It's alright. For a book that's supposed to be funny, it's really not all that funny.
Poorly written, tons of typos and misspellings, and not at all worth reading.
Matthew McLellan
Funny, entertaining book on the most foolish holiday.
Jan 17, 2008 Ezzzmeralda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Seinfeld Fans
Pretty funny... but better as a tv show -not a book.
And you thought Festivus was only a Seinfeld episode??? :-)
This book was mostly dumb with a few funny parts.
Les Gehman
Finally a holiday I can enjoy...
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