Poll: Christmas Tree or Holiday Tree?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hosting a 'holiday tree' lighting next week, despite objections.

Holiday tree or Christmas tree?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is calling the 17-foot spruce tree that will be lit inside the Statehouse rotunda a "holiday tree," even though the General Assembly passed a resolution calling it a "Christmas tree" earlier this year.

According to The Providence Journal, the governor is defending his use of the term, saying it honors Rhode Island's heritage as a refuge for religious tolerance three centuries ago. Some state lawmakers criticize his position, and an Associated Press story on the issue has been picked up across the country. News outlets such as The Washington Post, MSNBC and the Huffington Post have all run with the story.

The governor is inviting all Rhode Islanders to join him and his wife for the annual lighting next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Jack Baillargeron December 09, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Ahhh Charles you have 6 comments on this, are only you allowed more than 2, just curious lol
Liberty Janus December 09, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmas time, searching for the true meaning of the holiday amidst the glitz and commercialism of the modern age. He finds his answer in the passage below: http://calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=470 "Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. December 25th is associated with the birth of many pagan gods, including Mithra, Horus, Hercules, Zeus, and Sol Invictus. The Roman festival Saturnalia would also end around this time. Christianity imported many of these pagan myths and traditions into its own customs around 400 CE. Today Christians express outrage that Christmas is losing its Christmas roots. This is ironic since it was Christianity that hijacked the holiday in the first place to make it easier to convert new followers. Nevertheless it is a wonderful opportunity to share our love with friends and family, and commit acts of good will for those that are less fortunate. It is a time for children to revel in their innocence and wonder about the world, and adults to find their inner child. That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." – Linus van Pelt
The Shill December 09, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Editorial from this weeks O Jornal hits the nail on the head “The nuts for the tree Apparently, it is not just squirrels that shake trees to watch the nuts fall out. If you haven’t noticed the biggest story in Rhode Island has nothing to do with the jobless rate, the pension fund dilemma, but rather what to call a pine tree. Let’s face it, there is nothing more important than a tree if you happen to be a pinecone, a squirrel or a bird looking for a safe perch. But let’s not let those who feast on controversy distort the reality of Christmas. For those of you who are worried that our cultural celebration is under attack, don’t worry. It is not. You see Jesus was not born in a tree house nor was there a tree in his manger. In fact, the angels who heralded his name were not sitting on trees. The star that was shining so bright was not sitting on a tree and neither Joseph nor Mary were climbing a tree when Jesus was born. The tree is actually along with Santa Claus the greatest risk to the real reason why we celebrate Jesus. The tree is a pagan celebration incorporated into a Christian celebration – hardly a sacred relic. Ironically, there are those out there who have missed the point.
The Shill December 09, 2011 at 05:30 PM
It does not mater if it is a holiday tree or a Christmas tree. It does not mater if it is Manny Claus or Santa Claus. Neither has anything to do with the point of Christmas. Sure there are those who are calling the naming of the Rhode Island Holiday Tree an attack on Christmas, an attack on culture, an attack on God even. The real attack came when we added the tree to the manger, a Santa to the holiday and allowed the nuts to fight to preserve a pagan symbol while claiming they are saving Jesus.”
mindy December 15, 2011 at 02:22 PM
may i just say it is a christmas tree so build a bridge and get over it.


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