By Tim Jimenez

By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you have any grievances to air and find tinsel distracting, today is your day. It is Festivus, a once obscure holiday introduced to the masses on the 90’s sitcom Seinfeld.

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Seventeen years ago, Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, introduced the world to Festivus, which is celebrated on December 23rd.

Aaron, a big Seinfeld fan, laughed when asked if he knew what today was. He calls Festivus a great anti-holiday.

“(It) kind of struck home,” he said. “It’s like, okay, I was against the commercialism of Christmas that continues to this day, so it was a comedic turn on a very valid social issue.”

Some of the quirky traditions: there’s no tree, but an undecorated aluminum pole. And there is an airing of grievances, which some shared with us.

“I don’t like traveling to DC for work,” said Aaron from Pottstown.

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“I’m Jewish and everyone always assumes that I celebrate Christmas,” said Elizabeth from Philadelphia.

“I think you picked the wrong person, I really do,” said Denise from Cherry Hill. “I deal with a lot of people who have a lot of grievances, but I don’t.”

Festivus poles and greeting cards are actually sold, and some get together and celebrate.

Finally, a reminder that this quirky holiday doesn’t end until “The Feats of Strength,” when someone pins the head of household. Good luck with that.

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