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Ridgewood’s Annual “Festivus” Tonight December 23rd

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood blog will once again sponsor Ridgewood’s Annual “Festivus” on December 23rd. Since 2009 the Ridgewood blog has sponsored the nations number one Festivus celebrations . The “Festivus ” starts at sundown.

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Festivus is traditionally is celebrated on December 23rd and is accompanied but not necessarily by heavy drinking and cigar smoking .

Rituals : 

Festivus Pole
The tradition of Festivus begins with an aluminum pole. During Festivus, the Festivus Pole is displayed unadorned.
Festivus Dinner
A celebratory dinner is held on the evening of Festivus prior to the Feats of Strength and during the Airing of Grievances. The meal is to be some sort of meatloaf.
Airing of Grievances
The celebration of Festivus begins with Airing of Grievances, a local favorite . Airing of Grievances takes place immediately after the Festivus dinner has been served. It consists of lashing out at others and the world about how one has been disappointed in the past year. Every household has its own traditions; in one house, the Airing of Grievances consisted of writing the grievances on the fridge with post it notes . The Ridgewood blog will publish “Grievances ” for the entire day of December 23rd.
Feats of Strength
The Feats of Strength is the final tradition observed in the celebration of Festivus, celebrated immediately following the Festivus dinner. Traditionally, the head of the household selects one person at the Festivus celebration and challenges that person to a wrestling match. The person may decline if they have something else to do, such as pull a double shift at work. In recent years “Feats of Strength” can include board games ,darts, horseshoes ,twister and or spin the bottle.
Festivus Miracles
Although it is not an official element of the holiday or its celebration, the phenomenon of the Festivus Miracle ! Generally surviving the experience is considered a miracle in itself.


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31 thoughts on “Ridgewood’s Annual “Festivus” Tonight December 23rd

  1. I’ve got a lot of problems with all you anonymous trolls on this blog!

    1. …said the Anonymous Troll.

    2. Says anonymous

  2. “I’ve got a lot of problems with all you anonymous trolls on this blog.” Says Anonymous.

  3. During this airing of grievances, does anyone else recall that Maple Field would never receive permanent lighting? I remember that being the case when the turf was installed, but now I see lighting was installed.

    1. Because they lie and have an agenda all along. They tell the neighbors that there won’t be permanent lighting and when everyone agrees, they pivot. Happens every time.

    2. And the high school lights were only supposed to be there on a trial basis. And only lit when the field was scheduled for active use . . . .

  4. Bad village planning

  5. I am taking the 5th on the grievances this year

  6. Not sure about Maple Field lighting but no one has mentioned Schedler in months.

    The berm is hiding whatever was done back there.

    Maybe Boyd can send his drone over the parcel and take a video of what it looks like.

  7. Maple Field has had lights for more than 10 years.

  8. Permanent lights at maple were installed during COVID. Generator powered lights were used prior.

    1. Ah Yes…. the COVID gambit.

  9. How about testing the soil that made that burn .

  10. I’m still grieving over the bike lane to and from nowhere, along with the fancy landscaping that was installed, likely at great expense, then ripped out. Traffic going under the underpass has never been the same. I’ve never personally seen a cyclist using it in like 10 years, though from time to time there are kids riding bikes via the pedestrian underpass. .

    1. Huh ? I ride my bike to Lodi and back a couple of times a week on the Jim Tedesco Memorial Bike Path.

  11. Oh”oh.

  12. I have enough to do during Christmas. Who needs Festivus? Sounds boring too.

  13. We all wonder who is going to take over running the town. Hopefully they get somebody from outside. The Word on the street is an ex police chief, or fire chief will take over. Political that’s what they want.

  14. So very true. Can’t wait for the politics in 2023. Will be watching.

  15. The water utility should be separate from the town. They are not village employees they are utility workers. They generate money they have their own budget. Separate, At least now they have their own building.

    1. They have their own building so the police could have more office space in Village Hall. It was the RPD that pushed that through althought RW did need consolidated office space.

  16. We’re gonna be watching a lot of things this coming year. Especially to make sure all village vehicles are lettered marked to code.

  17. And take a look at the school budget while your at it….why is it so ridiculously high

  18. Make it a felony to slap people at Village Council meetings.

    1. I think it already is. Simple assault. But so eone has to be willing to press charges. Apparently, neither Dana nor Anne chose to do so.

    2. A felony? What if we incentivize it with a cash reward, instead?

      1. Stop being a tool, it is illegal, immoral and if you think it is funny to hit another person, then clearly you require mental help as well as the offender

  19. It just goest to show you the character of this repeat offender and who he is friends with. The Mayor, Siobahn, Matt, Evan and others…As Siobahn said, which was the only intelligent thing she has uttered al year, “this was a low moment for Ridgewood”. The fact that a grown man has to take out his aggression on people in public is reprehensible and he might not get so lucky next time. Three is a charm.

  20. thanks for all the input !

  21. Don’t worry, we will give you more input coming in 2024, the higher-ups will never ever keep me quiet. They would love to, because I know where all the skeletons are, and I know put them there. And they know it.

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