Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's a holiday tree?

It’s OK, you can say “Christmas.”

The folks at the New York based Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights certainly do. But they know people who just can’t bring themselves to say the word.

Take the officials of Cary, North Carolina, who relabeled the pine tree cut, placed and decorated in their town hall the “community tree.” They’re joining other towns that are celebrating something around their holiday tree, state capitol tree or solstice tree.

The League reports that Howard County, Indiana, retired its manger scene in favor of a lighted display of the Loch Ness monster, a whale and other animals. And a corporate executive advises against saying “happy new year” in favor of “looking forward.”

Standard Time might be cutting across the new cultural grain, yet we proudly wish readers a merry Christmas and happy new year.

There, that was easy.