Since December 2014, Paul Tucker has erected a Festivus pole in the Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, town square, and this year is no different.
On November 30, 2020, Paul announced that a newly refurbished pole had just gone up, making this the seventh year in a row that Dillsburg residents had a Festivus pole of their own.
“Wishing everyone a Happy Festivus from the rest of us for 2020,” Paul exclaimed!
Paul added that this year’s display consists of the same pole, but a brand new sign and stand were added.
To be clear, Paul has a pretty impressive Festivus pole in his household, consisting of a high strength-to-weight ratio, 1.5-inch diameter, 6-foot tall aircraft grade aluminum pole that he originally bought from the Dillsburg Aeroplane Works. However the pole in the public square is a more strategic 2-inch PVC pipe with shiny aluminum duct tape wrapped around it.
“I didn’t want to take the chance that someone would steal it for the aluminum, or use it to damage something,” Paul explained.
That’s smart thinking.
Paul, a self-described atheist, has said, “He observes Festivus rather than
In Festivus The Book, Paul equates the erecting of the Festivus pole as an educational point, especially since it is normally placed next to holiday season religious displays.
“It’s an attempt to let others know that there were people in the community that didn’t believe exactly the same thing. So, it was kind of a challenge, but one that would hopefully bring a smile to one’s face.”
Besides, Paul is a huge Seinfeld fan, and we just know the inherent humor associated with Frank Costanza’s Festivus pole likely brings a smile to his face too.
Over the years, Paul has said that he has heard a few negative remarks about the pole, but dozens of positive remarks about the display as well.
This year, for example, there was a request for the pole, which meant it went up a little earlier than usual.
Another Festivus miracle!
Happy Festivus Paul! Here’s to many more Festivi in the coming years.