- Instead of a Christmas tree, there is the Festivus Pole, an unadorned, aluminum pole. Decorations are strictly forbidden.
- The Festivus Feast consists of anything except ham or turkey. Dessert consists of Festivus Fruitcake, which is not eaten but is instead saved from year to year and put on display.
- Airing of Grievances - participants discuss how much others have disappointed them during the past year.
- The holiday is officially over when a holiday participant pins the head-of-the-household during a wrestling match after dinner during the Feats of Strength.
To learn more about how this holiday came to be, here is the full story of Festivus, courtesy of the Seinfeld gang.