Poll: Christmas Tree or Holiday Tree?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hosting a 'holiday tree' lighting next week, despite objections.

Holiday tree or Christmas tree?

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is calling the 17-foot spruce tree that will be lit inside the Statehouse rotunda a "holiday tree," even though the General Assembly passed a resolution calling it a "Christmas tree" earlier this year.

According to The Providence Journal, the governor is defending his use of the term, saying it honors Rhode Island's heritage as a refuge for religious tolerance three centuries ago. Some state lawmakers criticize his position, and an Associated Press story on the issue has been picked up across the country. News outlets such as The Washington Post, MSNBC and the Huffington Post have all run with the story.

The governor is inviting all Rhode Islanders to join him and his wife for the annual lighting next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Emile Lavoie Jr November 30, 2011 at 04:30 PM
oh sure now it is a poll and i made that nice comment
Lauren Costa November 30, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Copy and paste your comment, Emile!
Rebecca Eddy November 30, 2011 at 06:27 PM
I completely agree with Amanda. It's strange to call it a "Holiday Tree" when it's been a "Christmas Tree" for so long.
Todd M November 30, 2011 at 08:16 PM
The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century... It's been a Christmas tree for 500 years. Let's leave it that way.
News Hound December 01, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Gov. Chafee has replaced Gov. Jerry Brown (CA) as the new "Govenor Moonbeam." I agree with Kristin, it is a goodwill gesture to wish someone seasons greetings. People need to stop taking offense at the least little thing.


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