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Happy Festivus today, and hello Santa Claus this weekend

December 23, 2011 |  2:47 pm


It's Festivus, the fake holiday introduced on Seinfeld in 1997 that's still alive in the hearts of fans. The Dec. 23 event was explained in the episode "The Strike" in which George Costanza's father Frank (played by Jerry Stiller) talks about how he made up an alternative to Christmas.

On Friday, Festivus was a top trend on Google and on Twitter, as fans tweeted greetings. [New York Daily News] I wonder how many of them were in Christmas shopping lines?

Yes, the countdown grows short. Christmas Eve follows Festivus and then here comes Santa sliding down the chimney at midnight. It struck menswear writer Adam Tschorn that the hardworking Mr. Claus is always too busy thinking of others to spend much time on his personal appearance -- which hasn't changed in around 50 years. So Tschorn checked in with a variety of experts to find ways to update the jolly old elf's style -- think of fingerless gloves, a Patagonia jacket over a Simon Spurr suit, and a sleek messenger bag instead of a toy bag. You'll find out about these ideas and more in Sunday's Los Angeles Times Image section.

And writer Jenn Harris took a look back at Santa in many forms -- through the ages, in different countries and on film. It turns out he is a pretty complex character.

I guess he'd have to be or he'd never be able to manage all those elves or remember which child was dreaming of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" and who wanted the new Air Jordans.


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Photo: He may have an uncanny knack for knowing who's naughty or nice, mad package delivery skills and a fan base approaching Lady Gaga's, but, sartorially speaking, Santa Claus is in a bit of a rut. Credit: Getty Images.