A Festivus for the Rest of Us: A Festivus Party!


Whether you’re a Seinfeld lover or not, a Festivus cannabis party could be just what you need to mitigate the stress of the holiday season.

A secular holiday originating from a Seinfeld episode, it “serves as an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.” Combined with a little green, throwing a Festivus party can help take the edge off the holiday season.

A Festivus party for the holidays is an ideal way to get together with your friends, no matter what religion they do or don’t participate in. In fact, in many green-friendly circles, the annual Festivus party is an escape from the “good behavior” we’re expected to be on throughout the holiday season. It’s a time to eat, drink, smoke, vape and be merry. There is rarely a Festivus party that has kids — this party’s typically meant for the 21+ crowd.

When Should You Throw A Festivus Party?

The traditional date of Festivus is December 23, but because it’s “for the rest of us”, you can choose whichever you want. Many people do not worry about having it on the “official” date. Plan your Festivus Party for any day in December that won’t be stressful for your guests to make it.

Put the “Pot” in “Potluck” Dinner

Many Festivus parties contain a potluck element, but those of us in weed friendly/legal states are able to have a “pot potluck” party. (In fact, in Washington DC, you can’t sell weed but you can give it away — even in edible form.) Ask your guests to bring food items of their choice, and create a friendly (and well-labeled!) section of the table for your delightful edible concoctions. As the host, you should at least contribute one form of green dessert.

The Airing of Grievances

The celebration of Festivus officially commences with the Airing of Grievances, which takes place immediately after the Festivus potluck has been consumed. This is the time to make lighthearted complaints about anything from reality shows to the upcoming presidential election. Of course, this can include your close friends and good-natured party guests.

The Great Feats of Strength

The Feats of Strength follows up the Airing of Grievances, and usually the party host gets to call the shots on who will participate. According to the Seinfeld episode, “Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned.”

If the “head of the household” doesn’t drink, and is bigger than you, this can be a tricky feat. The pacifist’s way out: Serve the head of a household a marijuana-infused space cake and tell himself to help himself to the cheese platter, while you put on your favorite non-holiday movie. When passed out, wake him (or her) up and start the 3-count.

Festivus is a great way to spend time and share great bud with friends. The cardinal rule of the occasion: Don’t take things too seriously, and don’t spend money on a bunch of useless junk. Just have fun, share great food and drink, and be merry. A lot of great edibles should be a part of that plan.


Get out your bare aluminum pole and celebrate the antithesis of holiday materialism with a few friends and some great bud.


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