Celebrating Festivus in Birmingham today? Here are the rules.

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A traditional Festivus pole, in the Homewood neighborhood of Edgewood

It’s become somewhat of a tradition.  For the past 3 years, Bham Now has seen a Festivus pole in the front yard of this city of Homewood  – Edgewood neighborhood home.

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The traditional Festivus aluminum pole found in the front yard of a home in the Edgewood neighborhood of Homewood

Never heard of Festivus?

Celebrated every December 23rd, the parody national holiday, first appeared on the Seinfeld episode  titled “The Strike“.  Created by the loud and obnoxious character, Frank Constanza, the father of Seinfeld’s George Constanza, the holiday has become a way to take a break from the rampant consumerism of the holiday season.

Here is the video clip from Seinfeld explaining the “History of Festivus.”

How to celebrate Festivus

It is not too hard to celebrate Festivus.

First you need an Aluminum pole. Then gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year -the airing of grievances. After that there is the Feats of Strength. Meanwhile, for dinner, you have  meatloaf served over lettuce and for desert a customary M&M decorated cake.

And remember, the slogan… A Festivus for the rest of us.

Do you know of anyone celebrating Festivus in the Magic City today?

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We’d love to see photos and hear about YOUR Festivus Miracles!

Let us know about your Festivus miracles!

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.