What is Festivus, you say? Good question.
Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a way to commemorate the holiday season without participating in its pressures or commercialism. It was made famous by a 1997 episode of Seinfeld. In the episode George explains that when he was a boy his father created Festivus because he was sick of the commercialization of the holiday and because he found tinsel distracting.
Instead of a tree, the standard decoration is the simple, unadorned Festivus pole (made of aluminum due to its high strength-to-weight ratio. Families gather to ring in the season with the Airing of Grievances, the Feats of Strength, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”
If that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, here’s a clip from Seinfeld that sums it quite well…
While you prepare for your Festivus celebration here are some cool articles I’ve read recently…
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly About Reverse Mortgages | Good Financial Cents
Why Financial Success Often Depends on the Road Not Taken | Len Penzo
How Party of Budget Restraint Shifted to ‘No New Taxes,’ Ever | NY Times
The Roth vs. Traditional IRA – Which is Best for You? | Free From Broke
Portfolio Strategy highlights: How we fared in 2012 | Rob Carrick: Globe and Mail
Smart Saving Tips for Parents | MoneySense
Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early Or Invest? | Boomer and Echo
7 Ways to Deal With Unwanted Gifts | Wisebread
Would You Stop Speeding To Pay Lower Premiums? | MoneyBeagle
5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Refinance a Mortgage to Pay Credit Card Debt | Money Crashers