It is that time of the year again and we can expect that Google will once again have several “Christmas” surprises and Easter Eggs for us during this holiday season. Last year over the Christmas period and New Years Google surprised the world with all it’s Christmas decorations, Santa Tracker and Let it snow Easter eggs. My guess is that Google have already got some serious Christmas Surprises lined up for us this Christmas Season.
Festivus Holiday 23 December 2012
One of the first Christmas Easter Eggs that we are aware of are the Festivus Easter Egg. If you search for Festivus on Google you will find a weird looking line on the left side of the Google Search Results. At first I had no idea what this was about and I had to visit Wikipedia to learn more about “Festivus” according to Wikipedia Festivus is:
Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to commemorate the holiday season without participating in its pressures and commercialism. Festivus became part of worldwide popular culture after being featured on an episode of the American TV show Seinfeld in 1997.
Festivus was conceived by writer Dan O’Keefe and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. The holiday was later introduced into popular culture by O’Keefe’s screenwriter son Daniel on an episode of Seinfeld. The holiday’s celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, included an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole”, practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”.
Celebrants of the holiday sometimes refer to it as “a Festivus for the rest of us”, a saying taken from the O’Keefe family traditions and popularized in the Seinfeld episode to describe Festivus’ non-commercial aspect. It has also been described as a parody and as playful consumer resistance.
The “Festivus” Pole
Interestingly the Pole on the left hand side of the Google Search Results for Festivus are a Christmas Tree pole, without the Christmas Tree. This is an international symbol for “Festivus” the festival without the commercial connotations that are part of modern day Christmas Celebrations.
In the episode, the tradition of Festivus begins with an aluminum pole. Daniel O’Keefe credits fellow Seinfeld writer Jeff Schaffer with introducing the concept, which was not part of the original O’Keefe family celebration. During Festivus, the pole is displayed unadorned. The basics of the Festivus pole are explained by Frank in two separate situations:
Cosmo Kramer: “And is there a tree?”
Frank Costanza: “No, instead, there’s a pole. It requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting … [I]t’s made from aluminum. Very high strength-to-weight ratio.”
When not being used, the pole is stored in the Costanzas’ crawl space.
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