Time for the Airing of Grievances!

Today is Festivus!

Hooray…I think.

It could only come from Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer.

Festivus is a secular holiday (I think that means you don’t get the day off) celebrated on December 23 as a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. It was created by writer Dan O’Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the television show Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday’s celebration, as shown on Seinfeld, includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus Pole” (not likin’ the sound of that!), and practices such as the “airing of grievances”, “feats of strength” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”. Its mantra; “A Festivus for the rest of us”. Sounds cute, but doesn’t have quite the ring of “Yuletide carols being sung by the fire and folks wrapped up like Eskimos…”

What would a Festivus card be? Perhaps a business card with a cell phone number written on the back…exchanged at a singles bar? If it was the correct number, would that qualify as a Festivus Miracle?

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

No, it won’t be inspired by Festivus, I’m still pondering that.

On the more traditional side, today in 1893, the opera “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck (no, not the singer) was performed for the first time. Since I love that story, we’ll celebrate with a;

Hansel and Gretel Cocktail

1 barspoon Molasses

½ oz Allspice

½ Ginger Liqueur

2 oz. Hancock’s Bourbon (now we’re talkin’)

Stir and serve over ice.

Garnish with an orange peel.

Follow the bread crumbs home.

Cheers!

Roger

12/23/12.

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