December 23 in freethought history…

festivusDecember 23, 1998 - The first “modern” Festivus is observed, according to the Seinfeld episode “The Strike.” Although the show (which actually aired on December 18) provides a fictitious origin from the character George Costanza’s childhood, the true origins can be found in 1966, in the childhood of scriptwriter Dan O’Keefe. Festivus quickly caught on as a pop culture phenomenon, and its popularity has only grown. This “made up” holiday features a dinner, a Festivus Pole, Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. A non-commercial alternative to Christmas and Hannukah, it’s a “Festivus for the rest of us!”

December 23, 2001 – The first HumanLight, a humanist winter holiday created by Joe Fox and Gary Brill of the New Jersey Humanist Network, is observed. HumanLight has yet to become a broadly recognized holiday, but it is observed by numerous humanist organizations around the US, at at least once in the United Kingdom.

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