State rep gets backlash over “Festivus” post

State Representative Chris Sainato of New Castle, Lawrence County, is defending a recent post on Facebook wishing followers a happy Festivus.For Seinfeld fans, it’s a day to air grievances. The made-for-TV holiday focuses on the commercialism surrounding Christmas. Sainato says he watches that Seinfeld episode it every year and makes the “Festivus” post for other fans. “It really wasn’t an episode against Christmas. It was against commercialism, and I always laughed when I watched it.”Some commenters didn’t find the humor. Josh Graham told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4,”It’s a slap in the face to Christmas. In Seinfeld it’s the anti-celebration of everything Christmas, and that doesn’t sit well with me.” Sainato pointed out that he also wished his followers a “Happy Hanukkah” and plans to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas” on December 25. “I represent 62,000 people of various religions and nationalities,” Sainato said. “I think everyone needs to respect each other and not be as sensitive, especially around the holidays.”

State Representative Chris Sainato of New Castle, Lawrence County, is defending a recent post on Facebook wishing followers a happy Festivus.

For Seinfeld fans, it’s a day to air grievances. The made-for-TV holiday focuses on the commercialism surrounding Christmas.

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Sainato says he watches that Seinfeld episode it every year and makes the “Festivus” post for other fans. “It really wasn’t an episode against Christmas. It was against commercialism, and I always laughed when I watched it.”

Some commenters didn’t find the humor. Josh Graham told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4,”It’s a slap in the face to Christmas. In Seinfeld it’s the anti-celebration of everything Christmas, and that doesn’t sit well with me.”

Sainato pointed out that he also wished his followers a “Happy Hanukkah” and plans to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas” on December 25.

“I represent 62,000 people of various religions and nationalities,” Sainato said. “I think everyone needs to respect each other and not be as sensitive, especially around the holidays.”