December 23rd is Festivus, the holiday — “to celebrate the season without participating in its pressures and commercialization” — invented by Dan O’Keeff and popularized by a 1997 Seinfeld episode.
But did you know that Festivus Poles® are made in Milwaukee? And Festivus Poles have their own Facebook page?
In 2005, Governor Jim Doyle displayed a Festivus Pole in the family room of the Executive Mansion. Now, that six-foot “floor model” Festivus pole and stand made of an extruded aluminum alloy are part of the Wisconsin Historical Museum’s collection.
It’s probably too late to buy a Festivus Pole for this year’s celebration, but R &B Wagner, the company that manufactures them has some FREE Festivus greeting cards and invitations available as PDF downloads on its website.
If you want to learn more about this holiday, consult Daniel O’Keefe’s book, The Real Festivus. Or watch this YouTube video: