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Friday, December 09, 2005

Holiday Tree Spotted in South Bend, Indiana

Well, the goofiness continues... the city of South Bend, Indiana has decided to call the tree they put up downtown every year a "Holiday Tree" as opposed to a Christmas Tree. The reason? They say that South Bend is a culturally diverse city, so they want to include everyone in the holiday season... well, except Christians. I find it odd that those who claim to be inclusive of everyone, continuously decide to remove anything remotely Christian. I have no problems saying "happy holidays". And I don't think that a "Christian" lawsuit is the solution. I'm just tired of those who make these types of decisions take the easy way out... you know, remove the word "Christmas" and make everything generic. Wouldn't a better, more colorful and diverse solution be to design a scene that includes each cultural demographic that celebrate something at this time of the year? That would be cool, beautiful and would help each of us celebrate together. But this would mean that thought, work and creativity would have to be put into this solution. And that's just too much to expect from those who are making these decisions. I think that Virgin Mobile says it best... happy chrismahanukwanzakah! Oh wait, we can't say that either. It leaves out Festivus for the rest of us.

(The debate over "Christmas" versus "Holiday" hits close to home)

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