Thursday, December 20, 2007

’Tis The Season For Festivus

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is making serious business out of a hysterical holiday.

Festivus – the fictional holiday made famous on Seinfeld and celebrated on December 23 – was created by Frank Costanza – Jerry Stiller’s character – as a response to the commercialization of Christmas.

And railing company R & B Wagner is racing into pole position for the third year in a row by selling the centerpiece of the TV tradition: the Festivus pole.

The six-pound aluminum poles come in both six and three-foot models, and the company expects to slide past last year’s sales high of 1,600.

And they’ve got some untraditional pole purchasers.

Tony Leto, R & B Wagner’s Executive Vice President of Sales, says, “We thought it’d be a college phenomenon, but we get orders from law offices, and someone from Time magazine even bought one!”

And if you’re thinking of pulling out the pole and celebrating in your office, Leto says make sure you keep things light.

He says, “Festivus is a way of having a holiday party without insulting anybody. There are people who look at it as anti-Christian, but you have to have a sense of humor about it.”

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