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The Festivus Pole

Festivus Pole

The Festivus tradition is centered around the display of an unadorned aluminum pole. The Festivus Pole is the ultimate symbol of an anti-christmas holiday, it is plain looking, unencumbered by branches and decorations, and it is relatively inexpensive.

In Seinfeld, Frank Costanza chose the aluminum pole as an opposition to the commercialization of highly decorated Christmas trees, and also because he "finds tinsel distracting."

Kramer: Is there a tree?
Frank Costanza: No. Instead, there's a pole. Requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting.

In addition, Frank Constanza praises the aluminum pole for its "very high strength-to-weight ratio."

Frank Costanza: It's made from aluminum. Very high strength-to-weight ratio.
Kruger: I find your belief system fascinating.

After the celebration is over, it is not uncommon for a pole to be placed in an out-of-the-way place, such as a crawl space.

The Festivus Pole was a creation of Seinfeld script writers. There was no unadorned aluminum pole in the original Festivus as described by writer Dan O'Keefe. However, the Festivus pole is a fun addition to the Festivus story!

How to get a Festivus Pole?

Of Just use an old lamp poleLamp Polecourse you can buy a Festivus Pole. There are places on the web where you can order one, such as FestivusPoles.com. They are a legitimate company and produce an excellent product. You can also buy an aluminum pole from the local hardware store, and fashion a stand in your workshop, or use a an old Christmas tree stand.

However, do you think that Frank Costanza ordered his Festivus pole from a web site? To a "Costanza", Festivus poles don't come from a commercial entity. They come from the crawlspace, not from the mailman! If you desire an authentic Festivus experience take this into consideration.

Advice: Go to your crawlspace (or attic, basement or closet) and find out what you do have. Do you have an old lamp pole, curtain rod? Maybe a wooden plank or a cardboard tube you could cover in aluminum foil? Anything that is non-commercial and non-flashy. That is the true spirit of Festivus for some.

If you are bound and determined to have an actual aluminum pole then go to the junkyard and find one. If that fails then buy one online or go to the hardware store and buy a cheap piece of aluminum tube. Make sure that you are rude to the salesperson and try to barter the price down, because that's what Frank Costanza would have done. :)

How to decorate a Festivus Pole

Festivus PoleDo not decorate your Festivus Pole.

Festivus Pole Care

Here are some tips for the care of your Festivus Pole:

Festivus Pole Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips for the use of your Festivus Pole: