The power of one word

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


“A rose by any other name is still a rose.” Is it? Well, a tree with lights is not a Christmas tree or it’s not a holiday tree! Roselle Park NJ’s mayor created a real tempest in a teapot when he proposed an ordinance to rename the “holiday” tree lighting ceremony to the “Christmas” tree lighting ceremony. The council passed it but only after one member resigned feeling it was religious and tree lightings should remain non-sectarian. (She took back her resignation later).

Most towns call it simply a “tree lighting” ceremony or a “Holiday Tree” lighting ceremony. Those towns that have Menorahs, and Kwanza symbols do use it as the Christian symbol.  Are we taking political correctness to extremes (aka the controversy over a coffee cup from Star Bucks vs one from Dunkin Donuts) or would the non-Christian residents of the town feel offended (They had no say in this Mayor’s decision)?

So how do you feel about the naming of a town’s tree? Should we keep “Christ in Christmas” or “Pull the plug” (pun intended) on all religious references during this HOLIDAY season?

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