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The Renaissance is Celebrating Festivus, And Yes, There Will Be a Pole

Also, feats of strength.

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Most restaurants and hotels will be celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah next month. The Renaissance Dupont Circle will take the Seinfeldian route instead.

Throughout December, the hotel will mark Festivus with a special menu and other touches from the fake holiday. That means a prix-fixe family style meal with such dishes as jambalaya, meatloaf, candy bar cupcakes and eclairs, as well as nightly specials in the lounge like mini reubens and lobster bisque shooters. A percentage of sales will go to charity.

Meanwhile, the hotel's decorations will include a Festivus pole in the lobby (where guests can pick an envelope and donate to charity) and a "High Striker" carnival game that will serve as the event's "Feats of Strength." No airing of grievances, though — instead, guests will be encouraged to write on a wall in the lobby saying how they'd make the world a better place. Frank Costanza would never approve.