Oh Christmas Tree--Oh (excuse me)---holiday tree...

City of Evanston's Christmas Tree

A few years ago I discovered the Fountain Square Christmas Tree had been renamed to "holiday tree"---I wrote a semi satirical piece to a different Evnaston web site than Patch stating political correctness has risen to all time lows of absurdity when certain ne'er-do-well's believe it necessary to refer to Christmas Tree's as holiday tree's...In return I was treated to a personal email from site moderator to a lengthy 3 paragraph lecture about how misguided my opinion was and rambling mess of an explanation as to the origin of Christmas Tree's---something about pagans, devils, and vampires---I really don't remember nor care to.

Last year I repeated my opinion on the holiday tree issue here on Patch and this time received a reply basically stating I was nothing more than a right wing stooge brain washed by watching fox news---I had to conduct some on line research to figure out how I'd been duped into liking Christmas Tree's from a news channel I don't even watch---it was then I discovered I'd blindly walked into "The War on Christmas"!!!---I had no idea all Christmas Tree diplomacy had failed...The mind recoiled in horror---had the National Guard been called up?---were troops massing around the North Pole guarding Santa from terrorist attacks?---how could I miss such earth startling news?

Truth be told, I pity those who succumb to such ignorance thinking they speak for the masses toward religious tolerance and Christmas Tree’s---who decided our city’s Christmas Tree should be referred to as a holiday tree?---I guess I didn’t get the memo...And this year I won’t even bother to make a fuss over the hypocrisy of the city’s Menorah being called as it should nor the Kwanza candle also being correctly identified as such---I got a lecture on this point as well last time I brought it up…Anyway, if our Christmas Tree will continue to be referred to as “holiday tree”---I’d really appreciate it if the city defined what holiday were celebrating?

A Christmas Tree need not be identified with religion if we choose to not let it---There is no evidence that having less Christmas will provide more of anything else

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John Brinkmann November 29, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Holiday Tree Lighting---Fountain Square, Davis St. and Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL at 5:30 PM....The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16 at Fountain Square . You won't find anything but holiday tree in reference to Evanston's Christmas Tree Jennifer---as shown above from City of Evnaston's web site
Procrustes' Foil November 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Municipalities across the country have been sued for displaying "Christmas" decorations, so they now use the innocuous term "holiday" to spare themselves the cost of litigation. But kids of all ages know what these decorations are - Christmas trees and decorations! So, enjoy the magic of the "season."
John Brinkmann November 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
not accurate---this issue's been resolved---"1989 decision by the United States Supreme Court upholding the dual display of the menorah and Christmas trees in public places as expression that is protected under the First Amendment"----the only way the city could face any legal issues would be if crosses or nativity scenes are displayed...And Chicago doesn't seem to be too nervous over any possible litigation--->November 20, 2012 (CHICAGO) -- Nearly 15,000 lights are glowing on Chicago's official 2012 Christmas Tree at Daley Plaza after they were turned on for the first time Tuesday afternoon."---and presided over no less by a person of Jewish faith------"With Santa Claus taking the stage in front of the tree, Mayor Emanuel boomed: Thank you very much! Let’s light our Christmas tree!”------you go Rahm!
Lisa S. December 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I see nothing wrong with calling it a "holiday tree" or perhaps "winter holiday tree." Why does not calling it a Christmas tree bother you? It doesn't take your feelings about the tree away, does it? The City has no business glorifying any one religion.
John Brinkmann December 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
to say "glorifying"s a bit extreme Lisa...anyway, your not looking at the full picture---why refer to a Christmas Tree as anything other than what it is?---why make up a name that doesn't even exist?...Does the City refer to it's Menorah and Kwanza candles as Holiday Candles?...The bottom line Lisa is my sincere belief our nation has already experienced enough of a PC makeover to last a few centuries---and I don't support any notion that a "war on Christmas" exists in our country---I just happen to believe the beauty of a Christmas Tree can be enjoyed by all without the silly reference of "holiday tree"-----Merry Christmas to all---and may your God go with you---(Dave Allen)


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