Is it a Holiday Tree or a Christmas Tree?

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2011 ( 61 moms have responded )

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What's the difference? One blogger get's pretty upset. Does it matter what you call it? I personally have always called it a Christmas tree. I guess if someone were to call it a "Holiday" tree it might irk me. After all you put it up at Christmas time not at any other holiday.
So here's the blog: http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/20...

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I think the blogger makes a good point. True diversity would be inviting different groups to put up their displays at the capital: a Christmas tree, a menorah, a Kwanzaa display, a pagan winter solstice display, a Festivus pole (j/k).



Putting up a Christmas tree but calling it a Holiday tree just makes everything bland, watered down, and legalistic. To me, that's the opposite of beauty.



My family and I were immigrants to America, and I was not raised Christian. Christmas celebrations never bothered me, as long as I wasn't forced to participate.



Christmas has a Christian origin obviously, but it's also just a secular holiday for a lot of people nowadays.



"Holiday tree" has no meaning. It's just... blah. It's not diverse, it's not anything.

Cassandra - posted on 12/07/2011

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I call if the CHRISTmas tree. We are celebrating the birth of christ. If there were no christ, there would not be a holiday.....

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If the blogger can't stand "intellectual dishonesty", then she probably can't stand the fact that the "Christmas" tree has nothing to do with Christianity. It's a pagan symbol. It isn't in any way related to Christianity. So really, I don't think it's her "pagan and atheist" friends who have a problem with it. It's her.

Jenni - posted on 12/07/2011

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Of all the things people get their panties in twists about... this has to be one of the dumbest, imo of course. ;)



I'm an Atheist and I call it a Christmas tree... why? Because that's what I grew up calling it. I'm not about to change the name now.



I am well aware it has Pagan roots. And calling it a Holiday Tree would be no different for me than calling it a Christmas tree. Holiday derived from the Anglo-Saxon "Holy Day" is about as different as me (an Atheist) calling a shoe a sneaker. I'm not celebrating any Holy Days as I am not religious.



So personally, I don't care what it's called as long as other people understand what I'm referring to.



So I also don't care.... if for politically correct terms they call it a Holiday Tree. It doesn't take away from anyone's Christmas... it just recognizes that not everyone who puts up a tree during the holidays is celebrating Christmas. That doesn't mean *you* (general) can't call it a Christmas tree. It just means businesses use the term to be politically correct as their consumers are not all Christians celebrating Christmas... some are celebrating *other* holidays during the winter (Yule, for example) but still decorate with a tree. After all it was their tree before it was a Christmas tree (well after the Puritans who didn't even celebrate Christmas).



Honestly, who cares what corporations choose to call it for marketing purposes? Everyone can still call it whatever they damn well please. In fact, I think I'll start calling mine "Fire Hazard". As in "Oh, me and the kiddies are going to bake some warm cookies tonight and decorate the 'Fire Hazard'."

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It's a Christmas tree, though I have to say, the tree itself is secular symbol and in no way actually tied in to a Christian observance of Christmas. But, like you said, it's put up at Christmas, so naturally, it's a Christmas tree.

Come to think of it though, it is put up right after Thanksgiving and remains up until New Years... maybe holiday tree is more descriptive of it's symbolism?

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