Aired: Dec. 18, 1997
Jerry tells Kramer and Elaine about Festivus, the alternative holiday invented by Frank Costanza to avoid the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas. The traditional celebration involves the "airing of grievances" and "feats of strength," as well as an aluminum pole in place of a tree. Meanwhile: Inspired by his annoyance at getting a similar "gift" from Tim Whatley, George makes up a fake charity called "The Human Fund," in lieu of giving out gifts to his coworkers at Kruger Industrial Smoothing. Jerry discovers that Gwen, woman he's dating, is "a two-face" — she looks attractive in certain situations and ghastly in others. Elaine is approached at Whatley's Hannukah party by a dorky suitor in a denim vest, played by the Kids In the Hall's Kevin McDonald. She gives him her standard fake number (which spells out "no Elaine — the extra e is for ‘ech'"), then has to track him down when she realizes she wrote the number on her Subway sandwich punchcard. Kramer reveals that he has been on strike from his job at H&H Bagels for the past 12 years, and briefly returns to work there.