Seinfeld fans took to social media on Wednesday to honor the late Jerry Stiller on the first Festivus since his death. Festivus was first introduced to the world in 1997 as a fictional holiday created by Stiller's Seinfeld character Frank Costanza. Since then, it has taken on a life of its own and is very much a real holiday celebrated by many.
Festivus was actually created by writer Dan O'Keefe, and introduced into pop culture by his son, Daniel, who was a Seinfeld writer. Festivus is celebrated on Dec. 23 and has a number of traditions that Frank laid out in "The Strike," which is the title of the episode that first featured the holiday. Among the Festivus traditions are erecting a bare aluminum pole, having a family dinner and displaying "feats of strength." Maybe the most well-known Festivus tradition is "the airing of grievances." In the first Festivus episode, Frank tells his dinner guests, "I've got a lot of problems with you people! And now you're gonna hear about it!"
Sadly, Stiller passed away on May 11, and this is the first Festivus without him. However, fans took to Twitter to honor his memory by continuing their Festivus traditions. Scroll down to see what they shared this Festivus!
Maybe just this once, just for this Festivus 2020, we take pass on the “Airing of Grievances”..— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) December 23, 2020
Jerry Stiller is THE BEST. Happy Festivus, everyone! Blessings to all of us...and a side of grievances. 🥂🥂🥂🥂 @RedHourBen— Manifest It!®🌌💜Jaclyn Johnston (@JaclynNJohnston) December 24, 2020
RIP Jerry Stiller! Happy Festivus! A Festivus, for the rest os us!! 🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/S0XUy5D94G— Alexandre El_Birdo (@birddesign) December 23, 2020
HAPPY FESTIVUS, TO ALL, DEC 23rd. Time for Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength, The Aluminum Pole, and remembering the one and only JERRY STILLER!— George Shapiro (@georgeshapiro) December 23, 2020
To be honest, if you're reading this, I don't have a lot of problems with you people.
But everyone else, that's a different story.
R.I.P Jerry Stiller pic.twitter.com/WQbkeLX89V— Dan Goldgeier (@DanGoldgeier) December 24, 2020
I will only post one grievance for Festivus Day and that is for the death of the founder, Frank Costanze (Jerry Stiller) in 2020. May you rest in peace, oh Great One. #happyfestivus pic.twitter.com/h0eSlP3xqg— Brian Linder (@BrianELinder) December 23, 2020