Festivus

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Festivus

December 23
The holiday of Festivus first originated on the "Seinfeld" television program in the 1990s. Regular series character Frank Costanza, father of Jerry Seinfeld's friend George Costanza, invented the holiday when he found that the usual year-end holidays did not fulfill him. Festivus, he explains, is "for the rest of us." To mark Festivus, which he insists his family celebrate, a plain aluminum pole is placed in a bucket of cement. One by one, those present grab the pole and air their grievances about how other people disappointed them in the past year. Frank begins this segment with the phrase: "I gotta lot of problems with some of you people!" After this gripe session comes a contest called the "feats of strength," in which all those present try to subdue the head of the household, and which usually devolves into a wrestling match.
The residents of Erie, Penn., have taken the imaginary holiday of Festivus to heart. Many people in the city and nearby communities throw Festivus parties featuring the aluminum pole and the feats of strength, all in the spirit of good fun.
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In 2008, a Springfield resident gained approval to install an aluminum Festivus pole in the rotunda, in part as a message to lawmakers that the Statehouse shouldn't feature religious displays.
Depicted as a non-commercial holiday celebration, the festival includes a "Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, and practices the airing of grievances and feats of strength." 
* In December, a chapter of the Satanic Temple was allowed to display a fallen angel in the Capitol of (where else?) Florida, alongside a holiday display by Flying Spaghetti Monster-worshipping Pastafarians and a Festivus pole made of beer cans.
The rotunda in 2013 housed a nativity scene, an atheist-themed message, a six-foot tall "Festivus Pole" made of beer cans and a rendering of the Pastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster --yet the Temple was denied access on the grounds that the proposed display was offensive.
For its Holiday limited edition flavor, the company is offering Festivus, known to devotees of the television show Seinfeld as the annual holiday created by George Costanza's father -- "a time for families to gather 'round and air their grievances, perform feats of strength, and admire the requisite Festivus pole." As popular as Seinfield was, the show is no longer a first run show, but only available in re-runs.
I am a Satanist." (Stevens, who seems to enjoy employing an aggressive style, last year sought--and won--permission to erect a "Festivus pole" at the state capitol in response to sectarian Christmas displays.)