A recent post on Evanston Patch about the city's annual tree lighting caused a bit of a stir. Some readers disagree with the event being called a "holiday tree lighting."
Some readers said it should be called a Christmas tree:
John Brinkmann: Time is well beyond the point of Evanston continuing to kowtow to the insanity of political correctness---IT'S A FREAKING CHRISTMAS TREE!!!...And I applaud those who refuse to attend this mockery of the Christmas Season...Please note the Fountain Square "holiday tree zone" annually includes a Menorah without any hesitation to say Hanukkah, and same for Kwanzaa---and rightfully so---There's no reason to exclude any and all holiday traditions---that is unless you happen to like Christmas Trees...Contact your alderman and demand the city stop this ignorant policy---and may of all of you enjoy a very Merry Christmas!
Some readers said "holiday tree" is appropriate:
Sully: But the tree itself has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Again, it's a man-made construct decided on by humans in the 16th century. It has no relevance (as far as I know) to the religious aspects of Christmas. It was chosen in much the same way a school chooses it's mascot. The tree is a symbol of the season, not the religious holiday.
And some think this whole debate is ridiculous:
John Kerr: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone who attends has a great time. I also hope all you curmudgeons can find better outlets for your attention and energies Instead of submitting endless blog comments maybe try volunteering at a shelter or food pantry.
What do you think the tree should be called? Does it matter? Tell us in the comments (and as always, please keep it respectful!)