A Festivus celebration is not complete without the "Feats of Strength". In fact, the Feats of Strength is considered to be the final tradition of Festivus.
Frank: Alright, George. It's time for the feats of strength.
George: No! No! Turn it off! No feats of strength!
The Feats of Strength usually follows the Festivus Dinner and the Airing of Grievances. It is a common practice that Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned.
In Seinfeld tradition, it is usually the head of family's choice as to who will participate in the Feats of Strength, however a person is allowed to decline the offer only if they have something better to do instead.
Frank: And now as Festivus rolls on, we come to the feats of strength.
George: Not the feats of strength..
Frank: This year, the honor goes to Mr. Kramer.
Kramer: Uh-oh. Oh, gee, Frank, I'm sorry. I gotta go. I have to work a double shift at H&H.
If the appointed person cannot participate, it is also appropriate for another guest to suggest who should participate in the "Feats of Strength".
George: Kramer! You can't go! Who's gonna do the feats of strength?
Kruger: (Sipping liquor from a flask) How about George?
Frank: Good thinking, Kruger. Until you pin me, George, Festivus is not over!
George:Oh, please, somebody, stop this!
Once the participants are identified, the "Feats of Strength" should begin by the head of household removing any bulky clothing and shouting the phrase "Let's Rumble"
Frank: (Taking off his sweater) Let's rumble!
The Feats of Strength weren’t part of the real Festivus, practiced by the O’Keefe family. “I was not forced to wrestle my
father,” Dan O’Keefe has said. “If I had, I would’ve been raised by the state of New York.” (Reference: CNN (2014))
As depicted in Seinfeld, the Feats of Strength normally follow the Airing of Grievances. Curiously though, in Seinfeld the actual Feats of Strength are never shown. In the episode, Frank Costanza clearly states, “Until you pin me, George, Festivus is not over!” This leaves us no choice but to imagine the pending outcome. It should also be noted that the notion Festivus ends when the “head of the household” is pinned is an extrapolation of what is actually portrayed in Seinfeld, as the expression “head of the household” is never actually uttered in the episode. (From "Festivus! The Book")
In accordance with Seinfeld tradition, Festivus is not complete until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned. However, one thing to consider for your Festivus Party is to have Feats of Strength that do not require a visit to the emergency room and/or long term physiotherapy. So, you may want to avoid any Manly Feats of Strength.
Tip: Festivus! The Book has an entire chapter dedicated to Feats of Strength!
Many Festivus Party hosts have thought of good alternatives to a wrestling match. Here are some good ideas:
Options we do not recommend:
The important thing is to HAVE fun, and not to figure out who is the biggest, strongest galoot of the bunch.
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