Monday, December 23, 2019

Happy #Festivus and #Christmas Eve Eve!

Last year, I posted all about Festivus, which happens today, and every year on December 23rd or, as some of us say, Christmas Eve Eve. Read all about the tradition here.

This year, I'm going to share some ideas for Festivus dinner. It's all in fun, and as a huge Seinfeld fan, I love it.
1. “These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty”

While the meatloaf is in the oven, offer guests a salty soft pretzel. In Season 3 Episode 11: "The Alternate Side", Kramer accidentally runs into director Woody Allen and lands a speaking role in his upcoming movie. His line? “These pretzels are making me thirsty.” While this may seem like something that anyone would say after eating this salty snack, the gang spends most of the episode helping Kramer figure out how he should deliver his line.

2. “No Soup for You!”

Offer guests your favorite soup recipe inspired by Season 7 Episode 6: “Soup Nazi.” In this episode, Jerry, George, and Elaine visit a new soup stand where the owner is known for his stormy temperament and strict ordering rules. If you’re looking to keep it authentic, some of the Soup Nazi’s most popular recipes include turkey chili, crab bisque, and mulligatawny.

But if you want to keep your guests in the holiday spirit, you may want to forego the owner’s most famous line – “No soup for you!”

3. “The Big Salad”

Pair your soup of choice with a big salad, inspired by Elaine’s lunch request in Season 6 Episode 2: "The Big Salad". What is the big salad? Well, Jerry would tell you that it has “big lettuce, big carrots, [and] tomatoes like volleyballs,” but it’s never made clear what really makes up a big salad. While volleyball-sized tomatoes may not be feasible, you can still serve guests a fresh topped with crisp in-season veggies and your favorite dressing.

4. “I’m So Keen-o on Beef-a-Reeno”

The beef-a-reeno jingle made a brief appearance in Season 7 Episode 11: "The Rye", but stuck in the hearts of Seinfeld fans for years to come thanks to Kramer’s comical scene. Fans only catch a quick glimpse of this canned concoction as Kramer feeds it to a horse, but it can be assumed this delicacy consists of beef and pasta.

Stick to the canned stuff, or create your own version of beef-a-reeno to serve guests at your Festivus party.

5. “You Can’t Beat a Babka”

On their way to a dinner party in Season 5 Episode 13: "The Dinner Party", Jerry and Elaine stop at a bakery to pick up a loaf of their famous chocolate babka. When they forget to get a number from the counter, a couple ahead of them who are headed to the same party buy the last babka. Elaine and Jerry have no choice but to get a cinnamon babka, which Elaine dubs the “lesser babka.”

Finish off your Festivus meal right with this sweet bread flavored either chocolate or cinnamon.
Info in this article from WebstaurantStore blog.

I think I'm going to search for the Festivus episode today. You can watch Seinfeld for free if you're a Hulu, SlingTV or fuboTV subscriber.

Always in spirit...


  1. Have a fantastic holiday, and a most fractal New Year, new at all conceivable scales, Michelle!


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