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Florida capitol will feature a Festivus pole and a pile of PBR cans

There will be a Festivus for the rest of us in Florida this year, now that the holiday display in the state's capitol building will include a traditional Festivus pole and a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the first-floor rotunda. A situation similar to that Satanic statue fiasco in Oklahoma unfolded when a nativity scene was included in the capitol's holiday decorations. A political blogger in South Florida made the appeal for the inclusion of the Festivus pole to make a statement and it worked.

Florida capitol will feature a Festivus pole and a pile of PBR cans

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There will be a Festivus for the rest of us in Florida this year, now that the holiday display in the state's capitol building will include a traditional Festivus pole and a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the first-floor rotunda. A situation similar to that Satanic statue fiasco in Oklahoma unfolded when a nativity scene was included in the capitol's holiday decorations. A political blogger in South Florida made the appeal for the inclusion of the Festivus pole to make a statement and it worked.

"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.

Stevens, who operates a blog that focuses on South Florida politics, said the intent of the Festivus pole is to make a political statement on the need for the separation of church and state.

He compared the Festivus pole with the nativity scene as "my ridiculous statement versus what I consider, as an atheist, as their ridiculous statement."

For those of you out of the loop, Festivus is a made-up holiday from Seinfeld. It was celebrated by George Costanza's family as a spirited rebellion against the commercial aspects of Christmas. Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd and includes events like "The Airing of the Grievances" and "Feats of Strength." Traditional Festivus decorations include a single, bare aluminum pole. Hence Stevens' appeal. [Orlando Sentinel, h/t Uproxx]

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