The Festivus Pole: The Costanzas’ tradition begins with an aluminum pole, which Frank praises for its “very high strength-to-weight ratio.” During Festivus, the unadorned Festivus Pole is displayed. The pole was chosen apparently in opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, because it is “very low-maintenance,” and also because the holiday’s patron, Frank Costanza, “finds tinsel distracting.”
The Airing of Grievances: At the beginning of the Festivus dinner, each participant tells friends and family of all the instances where they disappointed him or her that year. As quoted from Frank Costanza: “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!”
Festivus dinner: In “The Strike,” a celebratory dinner is shown on the evening of Festivus prior to the Feats of Strength. IN the edpisode the meal appeared to be meat loaf or spaghetti in a red sauce. No alcohol was served, but George Costanza’s boss, Mr. Kruger, drank from a flask.
The Feats of Strength: After the dinner, the head of the household tests his or her strength against one participant of the head’s choosing. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned. However, a participant may be allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the household only if they have something better to do instead.