In response to the article, , Patch user Dennis Chyba submitted the following statement as a letter to the editor:
Why is it that we can't call it what it is—a Christmas tree—not a holiday tree!
I am so sick of everyone trying to be politically correct. I am 68 years old and ever since I can remember, no one ever called it anything other than a Christmas tree.
I have friends with a wide variety of religions and I respect each and every one as they do me. We have talked in depth, detailing beliefs in religion. No one was ever offended or tried to sway the others' belief. When they come to my home, they always admire our Christmas tree and always refer to it as a Christmas tree. I know I am lucky to have so many friends with diversified religious backgrounds, but am I the only person that has friends that respect my religion and my feelings about the Christmas tree? If this is the case, I feel sorry for all the people out there without friends like mine.
Now man up and call it what it really is—the lighting of the Christmas tree!
See the article, , to join a discussion about the use of the words "holiday" and "Christmas."
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