It’s a Festivus miracle! We found 2 poles. Celebrate the Seinfeld-inspired holiday on Dec. 23

Festivus pole found at inanimate Irondale neighborhood near Elder St. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Breaking news….Bham Now has discovered two Festivus poles in the Birmingham metro area – one in Homewood’s Edgewood Neighborhood and another in Irondale, Alabama.

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A traditional Festivus pole, in the Homewood neighborhood of Edgewood

The pole in the Irondale was discovered on the Fresh Air Family Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Show.

Festivus pole found on the Wacky Tacky Christmas Light tour. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Festivus begins December 23.

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.”

 

And here is a clip from the show.


Step by step guide how to celebrate Festivus

So, let’s recap.

  1. First you need an Aluminum pole.
  2. Gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year -the “airing of grievances.”
  3. After the grievances – there are the Feats of Strength.
  4. Meanwhile, for dinner, you have meatloaf served over lettuce and for desert – a customary M&M decorated cake.

Got it!  And remember, the slogan… Its a Festivus for the rest of us!

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

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


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Update:

Since we published this article, we were sent a picture of a Festivus pole in Hoover’s  Ross Bridge.

An unadorned Festivus pole in James Hill in Ross Bridge. Photo courtesy of Lura Morris

Author: Pat Byington

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.