Bring back the CHRISTMAS tree

Posted by: ST on November 29, 2005 at 8:54 pm

… and ditch the term “holiday tree” – suggests House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill:

If it’s a spruce tree adorned with 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments displayed on the Capitol grounds in December, it’s a Christmas tree and that’s what it should be called, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Hastert, R-Ill., in a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, recommended that the annual Capitol Holiday Tree, as it has been called the past several years, be renamed the Capitol Christmas Tree.

“I strongly urge that we return to this tradition and join the White House, countless other public institutions and millions of American families in celebrating the holiday season with a Christmas tree,” Hastert wrote to Architect Alan Hantman.

His office said the tree began to be referred to as the Holiday Tree in the 1990s. Spokesman Ron Bonjean said the reasons were unclear.

Can’t say as I blame him. What do you think?

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    1. Randy says:

      I think it is wonderful :mrgreen:

    2. scmommy says:

      “If it’s a spruce tree adorned with 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments displayed on the Capitol grounds in December, it’s a Christmas tree and that’s what it should be called, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert. ”

      Nuf said.

    3. Bachbone says:

      Perhaps the rumblings of citizen disenchantment with a decade of ACLU efforts to wipe out Christianity have begun to reverberate and be heard in Hastert’s marble halls? Whatever his reason(s), I am happy to give him credit for finding the backbone to reverse the edict.

    4. wordsmith says:

      For goodness sake: Call it what it is: A Christmas tree.

      And if it offends….tough.

    5. stackja says:

      Christ was born and a mass is said. A tree is one of the symbols of the event.