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The Festivus Pole

from JT

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In the absence of the outpouring of responses I expected to Lorne's query, I decided to conduct some superficial research to get him started. However, this should not inhibit the free flow of advice from others.

First of all, there is a new book out by Allen Salkin with an introduction by Jerry Stiller (Frank Costanza):

Festivus : The Holiday for the Rest of Us

That should cover most of the questions one would have.

As an alternative reference there is Wikipedia's discussion[1] of Festivus which addresses the issue of the pole as follows:

The Festivus Pole: The Costanzas' tradition begins with a bare aluminum pole, which Frank praises for its "very high strength-to-weight ratio." During Festivus, an unadorned aluminum pole is displayed, apparently in opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, and because the holiday's creator, Frank Costanza, "find[s] tinsel distracting." Local customs vary and you may be able to decorate your pole with non-threatening plain decorations, or ordinary green garland.

Footnote:

  1. This is from Wikipedia, November 2005. As of June 2010, the Wikipedia entry has been extensively revised and extended.