Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus

Today, on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, I'd like to wish my students a Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus.

I heard on the radio that Festivus was celebrated on December 23 . . . so I'm sorry that I missed it. There is a quick internet movie about Festivus here. For those of you who didn't see the Seinfeld show that featured the holiday, here are a couple of the highlights:

The Festivus Pole
The tradition begins with a bare aluminum pole, which Frank praises for its "very high strength-to-weight ratio." During Festivus, an unadorned aluminum pole is displayed, apparently in opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, and because the holiday's creator, Frank Costanza, "find[s] tinsel distracting." Local customs vary and you may be able to decorate your pole with non-threatening plain decorations, or ordinary green garland.

The Airing of Grievances
At the Festivus dinner, each participant tells friends and family all of the instances where they disappointed him or her that year. I also found a worksheet for people to use in developing their grievances. I'm already working on next year's sheet.

The Feats of Strength

The head of the family tests his or her strength against one participant of the head's choosing. Festivus is not considered over until the head of the family has been pinned to the ground. A participant is allowed to decline to attempt to pin the head of the family only if they have something better to do instead.

I've selected Caroline for the test of strength. Of course, I had to chase Caroline down first. She has recently taken to nakedness . . . she frequently removes all of her clothes and diaper and runs around very happily.

I hope your Christmas is special to you!


Katie Mo said...


Anonymous said..., Also, on Fark.Com there are some awesome Festivus references as well. Merry Christmas guys, -Chris

Holly Jean said...

I hope you post some pictures of the girls on Christmas. I know you must have some good ones!

Hope you have/had a Merry Christmas, Big T.

Marybeth Verchot said...

My brother-in-law and his friends celebrate a holiday they made called Faultsday where they basically give presents to people based on faults the recipient has.

Which probably isn't too much different from some families' Christmases. . .

Christy W. said...

Hey Dr. Copeland I just found this website and wanted to say hello. I thought it was cool that you created this for old and new choir members of UAB.

Merry Christmas and I hope to see new pictures of your precious family.

Debbie Movelle said...

Hi Dr. Copeland,

Happy New Year!

I was wondering if you know how we could get tickets for the May 9th Carnegie Hall Concert. We have lots of family on the Jersey Shore and will need quite a few! The Carnegie Hall site does not offer any info on this concert.

Also, FYI, a teacher at school told me the Mobile College Choir was singing on a Mediterranean cruise next summer!!! and I thought that might be a fun thing to do! I'm up for Italy any time!

Thanks for any info you can find on obtaining tickets for the Carnegie hall event!

Is the MLK concert you all are performing in at the Alys Center open to the public?


Marybeth Verchot said...

Phillipe Coplando.

Katie Mo and I were debating whether or not to start calling you Coach.