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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Festivus for the Rest of Us


Many of you may have heard of Festivus, the alternative Christmas proposed in the TV show Seinfeld.  No?  Well, let me enlighten you with a YouTube link...


But it seemed like there was nothing for us here in the Southern Hemisphere.  Well not any more...

It occurred to me that while those in the Northern Hemisphere indulge in great pagan feasts stuffing their maws in the darkest and coldest days of the year (see Christmas, but you may as well throw in Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve), we do not have an equivalent in Melbourne, Australia; a chance to feel loved and load up on calories just when you need it... the darkest days of Winter.

  1. Unless you count the Community Cup football (congratulations to the Megahertz, incidentally).
  2. Or End of Financial Year.
  3. What do you mean "Christmas in July"?  It's a month-bloody-late!!

Hence, we organised a very enjoyable lunch catch up with pals for the Winter Solstice at long time favourite the Station Hotel in Footscray.  An all male affair, which could also neatly have fallen into the Sons of the West health program, or even the Beyond Blue men and their sheds.  A thoroughly choice piece of therapy for all.

There was only one draw back.  Out of nine people there for lunch, everyone ordered steaks except my friend Mike, who topped the bill by ordering the lamb shoulder.  Top marks Mikey!

I hope to organise another one next year, but considering the demands - steak, red wine and beer,  I might organise something at a German Beer Hall for 2016... unless I can escape to the tropics!!!

So, in conclusion, welcome to "just past the Winter Solstice".  Feel free to use the concept as a way to look after your mental health.  And remember, the only way is up from here (for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere)!