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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/ 4/2007

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

By Fritz Hahn

December is a busy month for holiday celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Festivus ...

Yes, Festivus. That's the theme for tonight's holiday celebration at Rustico, one of my favorite places to grab a beer in the D.C. area. And in the spirit of the season, Beer Director Greg Engert has gifts for everyone who drops in. There will be four winter beers on tap -- Delirium Noel, Troegs Mad Elf, Bell's Winter White and Harpoon Winter Warmer -- served in their proper glassware. Every time you buy one of those lovely beverages, you get a special glass to take home. (A Festivus miracle!) Engert says the bar has T-shirts and other promotional items to give away, too, so get there early. The bar opens at 5, and the party should begin in earnest at 6.

"Seinfeld" fans can rest assured that Rustico's staff hopes to celebrate Festivus in the proper manner, with an aluminum pole and all the traditional rituals, though the Feats of Strength may involve arm wrestling instead of trying to pin someone to the floor. The operative word there is "hopes."

"We're going to try to do the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength, but I have a feeling it's going to be bedlam," Engert says. That sounds like my kind of holiday party.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | December 4, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
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Is it sad that the first acknowledgement that I've seen on the Post of Eid Al-Adha is in a blog entry about Festivus? I hope you'll be covering more events other than just Christmas and Hannukah. Meanwhile, see you at the bar. I'll buy you a drink.

Posted by: stick(wo)man stencil | December 4, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

also no mentions in the post about diwali at all.

btw the REAL festivus party will be at casablanca in alexandria later this month. last years' party had house beats galore all night long...

Posted by: 1200 wizard | December 4, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I believe Festivus is traditionally celebrated on December 23rd.

Posted by: Fes-Steve | December 4, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"also no mentions in the post about diwali at all."

Maybe because Diwali was on November 9, and this post is talking about holidays in December?

Posted by: Diwali | December 4, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I find it very interesting that year after year Festivus appears to be gaining traction as an actual (albeit tongue-in-cheek) holiday. You can even buy a Festivus pole (see http://www.festivuspoles.com , which also has pictures of some pretty well known people with their Festivus poles), and lots of Festivus merchandise (cards, mugs, etc.) at http://www.cafepress.com/hoganstore/1782703 . While it's sort of sad to see another holiday get all commercialized, it's kind of fun to see people getting into the spirit of a truly nondenominational and secular holiday.

Posted by: DecaturHeel | December 5, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

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