• A plain, unadorned aluminum pole is the main Festivus decoration.

• Festivus is usually celebrated on December 23rd but can be celebrated at any time of the year.

• Many people just don't "get" Festivus.

• "Feats of Strength" is a challenge made by the head of household to one of the guests at the Festivus gathering. Traditionally this challenge is to a wrestling match. Once the head of houshold has been pinned the Festivus celebration is officially over.

• Feats of Strength differ among regions. In most of North America the challenge is to a wrestling match. In Japan Sumo is the custom and in Luxembourg it's thumb wrestling. Among some cultures the contest is a judged event; an example of this is log throwing, as done in Scandinavia.

• The Pole used for the Festivus celebration is sometimes held by the person airing grievances.

• In Morocco the loser of the Feats of Strength must pull the ears of a donkey (and suffer the consequences of doing so!)

• Meatloaf is the Traditional main course of the Festivus feast. Bagels are usually served for breakfast or lunch on the day of Festivus. Turnip greens are never eaten on Festivus. (not at my house anyway)

My Mom's Meatloaf Recipe:


1/2 cup ketchup

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 pounds lean ground beef

3 slices bread, shredded

1/4 cup diced onion

1 egg, beaten

1 cube beef bouillon, crumbled

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and dry mustard until smooth.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, shredded bread, onion, egg, bouillon, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1/3 cup of the ketchup mixture until well mixed. Form into a loaf and place in a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

Bake 1 hour. Pour off fat. Pour reserved ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 10 minutes more.

Techno Viking celebrates Festivus