The Festivus season is upon us! No, that’s not a typo either.
Festivus came to worldwide recognition when it was included in the TV show Seinfeld all the way back in 1997. Since then, the holiday is the alternative way to celebrate Christmas without any of the bells and flashing lights; literally! It was first created as a family tradition by writer Dan O’Keefe as a way for the family to diffuse tension.
So what is Google doing to celebrate “a Festivus for the rest of us?” What they do best of course; provide an Easter egg in the form of the Festivus Pole at the side of their search for any information on Festivus!
Pole? Indeed. The Seinfeld episode ‘The Strike’, that introduced Festivus to the world, is credited by O’Keefe for creating the tradition of a Festivus Pole, rather than a tree with lights, baubles and tinsel. There are other traditions Seinfeld touched upon; the Festivus Dinner, the Airing of Grievances, the Feats of Strength and the Festivus Miracle.
It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last, that Google celebrates the holidays in a fun and quirky way. Remember the Easter egg game? How about changing Google Maps’ Pegman into a snowman or a witch on a broomstick? And who can forget the snow piling up on YouTube videos!
Source: Cnet | Images courtesy of PC World | Video from YouTube