Festivus Meatloaf, the Airing of Grievances, and Feats of Strength

(Feats of Strength not pictured)

You don’t often say ‘happy Festivus,’ as it’s not exactly a happy holiday, but it’s not exactly mourning, either.

Festivus is not anti-Christmas, anti-X-Mas, or anti-Hanukkah, nor is it pro-anything. To this family it’s an anti-celebration of not celebrating the commercialism of holidays; which we don’t. ..or maybe we do.

Anyhow, we do don’t!



This December 23rd (aka Festivus) I got up early

…to write down what I need for Festivus dinner, but I actually have everything on hand except for the traditional M&Ms.

I actually I hope a guest will bring the M&Ms, since it sticks in my craw that M&Ms have become commercialized with little Santa hats this time of the year.  (mental note; buy M&Ms in October next year.)


Dinner and the Airing of Grievances

Yes, I know dinner looks delicious (especially the meatloaf), but before we eat (or I share the recipe), let’s go around the table internet for the airing of grievances.

It’s been a long year.

Shall I start?

I don’t want to single any of you out, since that would reveal the hidden cameras, secret mics, break client confidentiality, and/or sabotage my online relationship with other fitness ‘professionals,’ but you’ll know who you are.

As always, all names have been changed to “Dave” for the protection of the ‘innocent.’

Festivus_Pole modified

unadorned Festivus pole

  • Dave, stop complaining to me that the diet that I put you on isn’t working when that’s not the diet I put you on!
  • Toilet paper goes on like a waterfall. It hangs to the front!
  • Enough with the caveman jokes and the paleo diet. Saying cavemen only lived to age thirty is like warning people not to do pushups and jog because soldiers get shot at.
  • Jar lids should be firmly tightened, especially when full of turmeric. We paid a deposit on this place and turmeric stains.
  • Dry yourself off before walking around the house, kids!
  • I said fat is fine. I said eggs are fine. So why does your food log say egg white omelet?
  • How dare YOU judge ME when you see me at In-N-Out Burger? I see YOU!
  • Use. A. Coaster.
  • Please stop looking in my grocery cart (or I’ll look back).
  • Take your snarky “First World Problem” comment and shove it up your $929 128GB iPad Air with 4G LTE using butt!


…just a second, I lost my train of thought.

Let’s just do the food; you’ll need your energy for Feats of Strength. We’re having meatloaf.


Festivus Meatloaf

Makes 8 servings

2 lbs ground beef (not lean)

2 whole eggs (yes, with yolks)

2 tbsp ground turmeric cumin

1 tbsp himalayan sea salt scraped from the sweaty side of a Tibetan yak (kidding; yaks don’t sweat. Just use 1 tbsp of any old salt)

1 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 cup freshly squeezed ketchup

1 tiny sprig of parsley



Mix all the ingredients but the ketchup and parsley together and form into one or two loaf shapes. For best results, let the loafs rest for at least an hour, but for several hours or overnight, wrapped or covered, in the fridge is even better.

Heat the oven to 400°. Put the loaf(s) on a rimmed cookie sheet or oven proof pan or skillet. Slather with the ketchup and then cook for approximately 45 minutes (until a meat thermometer reads an interior temp of at least 145°). If the loafs are starting cold from the fridge, you might need to cook it a bit longer than 45 minutes to reach the temperature of safety.

Remove it from oven and let the loaf(s) rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.

Garnish with the sprig of parsley.



On the side, potatoes are suggested. I like the red ones. Roasted is fine.

In a further nod to anti-commercialism, serve with unadorned canned green beans.

More veggies is good, so a simple salad of iceberg lettuce works. If it was up to me, the dressing would be anything but Ranch, because Ranch totally thinks it’s the s*** these days.


Tweet: If it's up to me, anything but Ranch. Ranch totally thinks it’s the s*** these days #Festivus http://ctt.ec/a78ZY+ Click to Tweet – If it was up to me, it would be anything but Ranch. Ranch totally thinks it’s the s*** these days


Dessert would have been cake with M&Ms, but I don’ t like cake except for cheesecake, and we’re having cheesecake on Christmas Eve, so it looks like just M&Ms tonight.

While M&M are a Festivus tradition with ancient, but lost origins, unless someone else brings them I won’t eat them. Even then, I’ll look upon them with disdain.


Feats of Strength

With dinner behind us, the time has come.

Until you pin me, Denzel, this holiday is not over!




4 thoughts on “Festivus Meatloaf, the Airing of Grievances, and Feats of Strength

  1. deb

    I can’t decide if the turmeric or the “freshly squeezed ketchup” is my favorite. Also, if you buy M&Ms in October, they’ll be “fall-colored” or Halloween-ish. You can hardly buy a non-commercialized M&M anymore. Except…. is there such a thing?


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