Sunday, December 18, 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the absolutely legendary Seinfeld episode “The Strike.” Yes, Festivus is upon us.
We got the aluminum pole back out of the crawl space in 2021 for the first edition of Festivus on the Upper West Side. Now, we welcome all of our readers, from near and far, back for the second coming. What bothered you in 2022?
“No! Stop it. It’s nothing. It’s a stupid holiday my father invented. It doesn’t exist.” —George Costanza
But it does, George, it does! Jerry first explains Festivus at Monk’s Cafe (actually Tom’s Restaurant at 2880 Broadway) when the episode first aired on this date in 1997. “When George was growing up, his father hated all of the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas, so he made up his own holiday.” George storms off when Jerry reminds him of the feats of strength.
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Later in the episode, Kramer finds out that the original H&H Bagels on 80th and Broadway is now paying $5.35 an hour (the same as the new minimum wage), which leads him to call off his 12-year strike of getting his hands back in that dough. H&H serves as the site where Frank Costanza educates Kramer on the ways of Festivus before ultimately reviving it. Kramer goes back on strike against H&H when they won’t give him December 23 off to celebrate Festivus.
“Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” —Frank Costanza
Here’s your chance, readers. Let it rip. In the comments section below, feel free to air out all of your grievances, gripes and/or complaints of what ticked you off the most this year.
Beef with a loved one? Upset with your pet? At a loss with your boss? Maybe someone left an empty shopping basket by the candy area in the self-checkout line at Fairway, then asked you for “their” spot when they came back to it? Air it out.
Upset with a sports team or angry at a business? Maybe you’re angry a business you loved is no longer with us, or a business you love changed something you loved about it (the look of heartbreak and bewilderment on people’s faces when they go to Gray’s Papaya late at night and find out it’s not 24 hours anymore) … SERENITY NOW!
We’ll publish our favorite grievances on Festivus (December 23) if there’s enough participation.
Seinfeld is currently streaming on Netflix. “The Strike” is Season 9, episode 10.