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Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« on: December 10, 2008, 05:28:18 PM »
Some clever person has booked a day at the capital building in Olympia, Wash., to put up a Festivus display.  Any takers on the airing of grievances?   ;D
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2009, 12:45:18 AM »
Festivus Poles



I wonder if the woman comes with it?  :P
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2009, 01:22:53 AM »
From the OP's link:

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State officials, besieged by requests for more seasonal displays at the state Capitol, have approved several more - including a "Festivus" display honoring a faux holiday popularized by TV comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

There is at least one precedent for the concocting of a fake holiday at the end of the year: the observation of Kwanzaa, an artificial attempt to create an alternative holiday festival to Christmas designed to appeal to African Americans, supposedly based on the notion that Christianity is a "white man's" religion. How patronising, and how ahistoric, given the existence of Christianity in Africa since ancient times. I'm sure our Ethiopian and North African brethren (EO and OO alike) would be quite insulted by this.

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Most people now celebrate the holiday on Dec. 23, as depicted on the December 18, 1997, Seinfeld episode "The Strike."

The holiday includes novel practices such as the "Airing of Grievances", in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed him or her over the past year.

Interesting mentality. And most un-Orthodox. Compare this "airing of grievances" with what the Orthodox do on Forgiveness Sunday, before the beginning of Great Lent. A world of difference.
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2009, 01:24:23 AM »
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There is at least two precedents for the concocting of a fake holiday at the end of the year: the Christian invention of December 25th as the birth date of Jesus, and the observation of Kwanzaa, an artificial attempt to create an alternative holiday festival to Christmas designed to appeal to African Americans. How patronising.

I fixed that for you :)
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2009, 05:26:54 PM »
I LOVE FESTIVUS!
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009, 05:38:36 PM »
Festivus for the Rest of us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8g4Ztf7hIM
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2009, 05:40:24 PM »
Any takers on the airing of grievances? 
I think OCnet posters are above that sort of behaviour.
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2009, 05:42:23 PM »
From the OP's link:

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State officials, besieged by requests for more seasonal displays at the state Capitol, have approved several more - including a "Festivus" display honoring a faux holiday popularized by TV comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

There is at least one precedent for the concocting of a fake holiday at the end of the year: the observation of Kwanzaa, an artificial attempt to create an alternative holiday festival to Christmas designed to appeal to African Americans, supposedly based on the notion that Christianity is a "white man's" religion. How patronising, and how ahistoric, given the existence of Christianity in Africa since ancient times. I'm sure our Ethiopian and North African brethren (EO and OO alike) would be quite insulted by this.

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Most people now celebrate the holiday on Dec. 23, as depicted on the December 18, 1997, Seinfeld episode "The Strike."

The holiday includes novel practices such as the "Airing of Grievances", in which each person tells everyone else all the ways they have disappointed him or her over the past year.

Interesting mentality. And most un-Orthodox. Compare this "airing of grievances" with what the Orthodox do on Forgiveness Sunday, before the beginning of Great Lent. A world of difference.

I wouldn't analyze this too much.  One of the things you have to remember is that this "holiday" has its origins on a TV sit-com, particularly from a character who likes to yell and get upset about stupid things.  Hand-in-hand with the airing of grievances are the "feats of strength."  In the show, according to Frank Costanza (the originator), Festivus cannot end until George (his son) pins him.

IMHO, this episode clearly was a brilliant parody of what religious holidays have become.
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2009, 05:54:29 PM »
Any takers on the airing of grievances? 
I think OCnet posters are above that sort of behaviour.

LMAO!!!
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2009, 07:09:11 PM »
Then, are we also above doing Festivus feats of strength?

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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2009, 07:25:00 PM »
^ I still think we can perform the airing of grievances.
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Re: Washington Capital Features Festivus Pole
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2013, 01:57:46 PM »
TALLAHASSEE — A nearly 6-foot-tall pole made from emptied beer cans, marking a parody holiday, will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christian nativity scene.

The homemade Festivus pole will be erected most likely on Wednesday in the same first-floor rotunda as a nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ that was put up last week by the Florida Prayer Network.

“I still chuckle, I literally can’t believe there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the state rotunda,” said Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident who applied to the state Department of Management Services to put the Festivus pole on display.
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Festivus purists may favor a more-simple unadorned aluminum pole, but Stevens said the use of beer cans —- he wouldn’t say who emptied the cans —- is in line with the irreverent spirit of those who celebrate the holiday.
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