People lit up over calling Christmas tree ‘holiday tree’

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Submitted: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 3:15am
Updated: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:48pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There is a big beautiful tree downtown just across from the federal courthouse, but what is it? When we ran a story about the lighting of the city’s holiday tree, it lit up our web site with comments.

The name came from the city, which released this statement on the issue:

“The use of the word Holiday instead of Christmas has been an issue for governmental organizations across the country for the last several years. By using the word ‘Holiday,’ the City of Wilmington is trying to maintain a balancing act between the Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We make every effort to be respectful of all beliefs and forms of celebration while also adhering To the law.”

But the people we spoke with still prefer Christmas tree.

“I’d like to think that you can call it whatever you want as long as it means something to you. I do think that holiday tree is an over PC term,” Ethan Sapp, a student at UNCW, said.

“They can call it what they want. It’s my Christmas tree. That’s what I call it,” Wilmington resident Fred Smith said.

“It’s a federal holiday. It’s called Christmas. Even our own government recognizes this as being Christmas,” John Keilbler of Wilmington said.

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39 Comments on "People lit up over calling Christmas tree ‘holiday tree’"

2015 years 8 months ago

Its has and always will be called a Christmas tree. I don’t care if you like it or don’t, but Christmas is our Holiday and it is a Christmas tree. If you don’t like it get over it.

Welcome to AMERICA….


2015 years 8 months ago

I am through with “politically correct.” It is a Christmas tree and if the city cannot call it that, they might as well not put one up. Those who are offended can stay away from it and do whatever they would like. Having a Christmas tree does not violate anyone’s rights, so get over it.

2015 years 8 months ago

A Christmas tree is a symbol of Christmas. If you want to celebrate some other holiday, then get your own symbol. If you don’t want to celebrate the holiday of Christmas, then stay away from Christmas celebrations. Those of us who celebrate the birth of Christ are happy to let you celebrate whatever it is you want to celebrate. You are also always welcome at our Christmas celebrations as long as you recognize and respect that it is Christ’s birth that we are celebrating.

2015 years 8 months ago

Regardless of one’s political or religious ideals, it is a Christmas tree, just as an Easter Bunny is an Easter Bunny and Uncle Sam is Uncle Sam.

How simple can it be?

2015 years 8 months ago

IT’S CHRISTmas!!! Enough said, get over it!!!