Holiday Trees???? Isn't That Taking it a Bit Far??  

RI_Goddess 51F  
584 posts
12/5/2005 9:47 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Holiday Trees???? Isn't That Taking it a Bit Far??

So I was born and bred in New England and was brought up Catholic so needless to say besides the religious aspect of Christmas I grew up believing in Santa Claus, Christmas trees and wishing people Merry Christmas during the season. We had Christmas parties in school and exchanged Christmas cards and Christmas gifts with all our friends and family.

Now I am an adult bringing up two girls of my own and it is so disheartening that they don't have Christmas parties in school anymore....if there is anything it is called a "Holiday Celebration" or a "Winter Celebration". Funny how during these types of celebrations however, Christmas cards are exchanged and Christmas gifts are still given to the teachers.

In addition, last year my second grader came home from school during December and we were talking about here music class....they were taught the Dradle song and a song celebrating Kwanzaa yet they didn't sing any of the typical Christmas songs we all know and love. If you are going to introduce them to holiday songs and celebrations for other religions then why not Christmas?? Now mind you, the majority of families that live in my town are Catholic and the children going to my daughter's school are Catholic. Only a handful of families do not celebrate the Christmas holiday yet they felt it necessary to make the biggest stink about the holiday being discussed and celebrated in the the resolution was not discussing Christmas or making reference to Christmas but discussing and learning about the other holidays celebrated during this time of the year. They even refuse to put up any decorations in the school that may be construed as Christmas decorations. It is truly a sad thing when the majority of individuals suffer because of a few.

As if this wasn't bad enough, this year it has gone even further. A group of people in Boston actually threatened to sue the city if the traditional Christmas tree was called a Christmas tree rather than a "Holiday" tree. It has been tradition for years and years for people to cut down trees and display them in towns, cities and in homes with decorations and they have always been known as Christmas trees. They aren't "Holiday" trees...they are indeed a symbol of Christmas and therefore are and should be referred to as Christmas trees. If it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck it IS a duck. Needless to say I am very happy that a stand was taken and the tree in Boston is indeed still being called a Christmas tree. What's next, the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center now becomes the Annual Lighting of the Holiday Tree? When and where does it end?

Anyway, I am sure some individuals will not be very pleased with my post however that is the beauty of freedom of speech. If individuals can make such stinks to change tradition that has been followed for years and years, I can definitely voice my dislike for these changes.

rm_rover153 59M
2900 posts
12/22/2005 12:31 pm

I have taken it upon myself to "rewrite" all the "Holiday" cards I send out to clients as well as answering the phone around here with a very cheery "Merry Christmas". Amazing how many people are so surprised at hearing it they cheerfully respond with Merry Christmas as well. We are a majority in this country. I am 13'th generation American (1630's) and I know that my ancestors fought so valiantly for our freedoms to freely express our views but I also know that the values they espoused were "God Given". Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Safe and FUN New Year. Bill

totally worn out and screaming
"WOO HOO what a ride!" Have a wonderful day!

RI_Goddess 51F  
269 posts
12/27/2005 10:22 am

Bill, Cudos to you. I do the same thing as well...wish people a Merry Christmas and it is funny how receptive people are when they hear it. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year as well!!

dirtyharry396 55M

12/27/2005 10:27 am

BBW Hottie...
I could not agree more. Civil libertarians often fight over the grain of sand at the expense of the beach and seem to think they are doing something good for the whole. They are very misguided. What next...chisel any reference to God off of the federal buildings in Washington?
How people can come away offended by being exposed to the word "Christmas" really shows in an ironic way how intolerance has been shifted back towards people who love and respect Jesus, or any diety. I am a Catholic, not an avid church goer, but I do attend when I can. Just seems to me that if people embraced Christmas and the message that it brings, people would be more loving and respectful towards each other, instead of hurtful, angry and indifferent.
Sorry, just the rantings of a seasoned person who works in a job in which I've been able to see people at their absolute worst.

lonsreadynow2 62M  
3 posts
1/3/2006 12:26 pm

Regarding christmas,,I agree 100%,,leave christmas alone,,its always been there,so lets all have a merry christmas,,and if you want to take it a step furthur,,read the original christmas verse about the night before christmas,,does any one see a mention of Rudolph??Just a little more old christmas and a little less comercial would be nice,,perhaps a thought to an earlier time ,,sort of like Ralphie in Christmas story,,anyway,,heres wishing everyone a happy new year,,

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