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Festivus pole going up in Florida State Capitol

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An 8-foot-tall Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans is going up in the Florida State Capitol building, right next to baby Jesus in the manger.

The homemade Festivus pole will be go up 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 according to a Dec.9 report issued by the Orlando Sentinel.

Activist blogger Chaz Stevens, a self-described "militant atheist" who is known for exposing government wrongdoing, got approval to erect a "festivus pole" in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol, next to baby Jesus' manger.

Last year, the City of Deerfield Beach had to allow Stevens to erect a Festivus pole on city property, since it had allowed other religious-themed holiday displays. This year, Deerfield opted not to allow any displays at all.

Festivus is a tongue-in-cheek secular holiday celebrated by those frustrated with the commercial and religious pressure surrounding the Christmas season.

Festivus includes an aluminum "Festivus pole", practices such as the "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength," and the labeling of easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles."

Festivus was created by writer Dan O'Keefe and introduced into popular culture by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show Seinfeld. The original Festivus took place in February 1966. Festivus is now celebrated on December 23, as depicted on the December 18, 1997 Seinfeld episode, "The Strike."

Raw Story reports Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was also forced to approve a Festivus pole for his state’s Capitol building this year.

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