12 days of Festivus – a play on the 12 days of Christmas, but really a chance to spread out the joy like Hanukah or Kwanzaa.
The Airing of the Grievances – pure Festivus… nobody is ever allowed to be mean. While you may be tempted to really let everyone have it, keep it light and fun maintaining the spirit of the season. This may be a bit challenging, especially if you happen to have a teen.
Our Festivus Principles get their foundation from the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa. We rounded them out with a few of our own and they could certainly be changed to suit your family. They are:
- Charity – perhaps you’ve already selected a local charity, food bank, outreach program to support. We’ve got a soft spot for our local animal shelter.
- Family – near or far showing our appreciation for the ones we love.
- Patience – whew, that’s a tough one. We always seem to charge into the new year with high hopes of really working on this.
- Flexibility – see #3.
- Tolerance – our kids are growing up in a different time and this principle really affords thoughtful and frank dialogue on the subject.
- Compassion – see #5
- Purpose - this varies from our own purpose in life to the purpose we serve as a family.
- Friendship - this conversation circles around what it means to be a friend.
- Courage - beyond bravery. Where did we show, or see, courage throughout the year.
- Responsibility - it’s kids. You can probably guess how this chat goes.
- Community - this would be a good time to get involved or even head out in your neighborhood for giving cookies or caroling.
- Creativity - almost always some examples of how we have been creative and a family craft.
Some of our 'traditional' Festivus foods include Cabbage Rolls on the Christmas Eve, Sausage Balls on Christmas morning, Soccatunia for Christmas dessert, and Prime Rib for Christmas Dinner.
We close out our festivities and prepare for Santa’s arrival with a new pair of cozy pajamas. It’s a Christmas eve tradition and signifies that Santa is just around the corner.
This can be such a joyous time of the year. This is our crazy little way of slowing down and enjoying the season. It also gives us an opportunity to discuss what has happened over the past year and what changes we can make for the coming year to grow individually and as a family. There are so many ways to celebrate Festivus and it can evolve from year to year and grow with your family.
As for the ‘feats of strength’... the kids were once too small, but now the gloves are off.
savour… a festivus for the rest of us
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