Holiday/Christmas Tree, Round 2

Gov. Chafee's office backtracks from an announcement Monday that there would be no official tree-lighting ceremony this year.


There will be a tree-lighting ceremony this year after all. Gov. Lincoln Chafee's top press aide said Tuesday she spoke in error Monday when she said there would be no tree lighting ceremony. 

"There will be an official tree lighting ceremony at the State House with the Governor in attendance," said Christine Hunsinger in an email statement. No date has been set.

Now, the question is, will protesters turn up again as they did last year, when Gov. Lincoln Chafee referred to the large evergreen in the middle of the State House rotonda as a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. The tree was erected Monday.

Last December, Chafee was lambasted by GOP lawmakers, some talk show hosts, and the Roman Catholic Bishop Tobin for his decision to use the term holiday tree.

As pointed out in a story by the Providence Journal Tuesday, former Gov. Donald Carcieri also did not use the term Christmas tree in 2009. They quote from Carcieri's invitation to the lighting ceremony that year: "The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting."

Does it matter what the tree at the State House is called? Let us know in the comments section.

We R NK November 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Well if you take Christ out of Christmas what do you have...just another holiday. It should matter to all of us who celebrate Christmas. Christmas is not about just a tree, or shopping, or goodwill. Christmas is the celebration of the one (Christ) who was sent to be the Savior of ALL mankind. He was sent as the greatest gift from God to his people. As for me Christ will always be the reason for this season...tree or not. Thank you for asking this question.
We R NK November 27, 2012 at 11:25 PM
By the way if you have never watched A Charlie Brown Christmas may I suggest you check it out. Linus describes this most important time with excellence.
Govstench November 28, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Misguided politicians like Linc Chafee will try to use their power to diminish the Christmas Holiday. They will fail. Secular progressives hate religious holidays but the people, especially in this "people's republic" of a state, think otherwise.


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