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What Do You Think: Christmas Tree or Holiday Tree?

Evanston Patch readers have strong opinions on the matter.

A 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:

: 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:

: 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:

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!)

victoria smith November 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Tis the season ! Use whatever greeting you so desire!
David November 30, 2011 at 01:28 PM
By any name, what you have is a beautiful now-dying tree. Why, in the name of religious holidays, do we continue to destroy living things, all for our 10 or 20 days of pleasure? I don't understand....
mij November 30, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Since it's a Holiday Tree according to the City then they should put it up on the 4th of July since thats a important Holiday also. Perhaps a year around tree.
J C November 30, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Well even as an atheist , I'm sick of all the PC baloney...It is what it is so call it what it is....And David will be happy to know that I have a huge evergreen in my front yard . That I decorate with peanuts and bird seed. And I boast the fattest squirrels and birds in town....:-)
David Mandell December 01, 2011 at 12:40 AM
If we can't even call it a Christmas Tree, then what do we call a menorah that has now become a Jewish equivalent to the Christmas Tree, which fails to consider the tree represents a cultural icon to the masses as much as it represents a religious meaning. But if forced to acquiesce to a minority few by re-branding the Christmas Tree, then shouldn't we also re-brand the Jewish menorah as well, referring to it as a Holiday Candle Stick Holder? But why stop there---let's spice-up those white lights of the "Holiday Candle Stick Holder by adding some red & green ones too, which is the equivalent of cultural insensitivity as adding blue lights (Hanukkah's traditional color) to the Christmas Tree. Let's be reasonable, since by continually watering-down any & all cultural traditions like taking Christmas our of its season, then it's fair game to do the same with Hanukkah as well, right? But wouldn't that make for a lousy holiday for EVERYONE? After all, what's the focus of such a vanilla "holiday" then---a celebration or tribute to winter's f'ing cold & darkness? How charming would that be to all? ...how economically lucrative would it be if everyone simply stopped buying and giving any gifts throughout the Christmas & Hanukkah seasons, and instead gave each other absolutely nothing...or at the most we gave the "gifts" of misery, despair & hopelessness? Show some respect for the traditions of others & appreciating our differences, rather than combining or eliminating them.
mij December 01, 2011 at 01:11 AM
TWO THUMBS UP. (I wondered why the tree in Downtown Evanst only had blue and green lights (Guess the Blue is to represent Hanukkah) the green everyone else. )
John Taylor December 01, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Another poll result: Evanston Population 85% Christian 15% Jewish :-)
mij December 01, 2011 at 10:10 PM
The City Council thinks that less then 5% of the population is the mayority on most issues. Just need to listen to what they say..
Sully December 01, 2011 at 11:29 PM
A clarification- I didn't say anything about "holiday" tree being appropriate or not appropriate. I said it doesn't matter to me. My argument against some of the other responses has more to do with the fact that the tree as a symbol has nothing to do with the actual occasion of the celebration of Christ (unlike the menorah, David, which I believe holds historical as well as religious significance.). If anything, I would think the tree represents the seasons and the winter solstice- and Earth- not the birth of a specific individual.
Jennifer Wilson December 07, 2011 at 03:21 AM
While I say Happy Holidays at this time of year, the tree is a Christmas tree. We don't call the Menorah the Holiday Candle Holder do we? While the tree is not necessarily a religious symbol, it IS a symbol of Christmas, not the general holiday season.

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