To me a Holiday Tree is a palm tree because when I go on vacation that is all one sees on the rum islands !
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The thing is holidays, as are many things, are fluid, and easily changed.
After all, Black Friday gets more news coverage now than the Thanksgiving that precedes it. 100 years from now, we'll probably celebrate Black Friday instead of Thanksgiving, and the tradition will be that families will eat a big meal on the Thursday before so they can wait in long lines at malls and stores in order to get the big sales that stores provide on Black Friday, which is what that holiday will solely be about.
So if holidays are so mutable, then I think making them inclusive is much better to our diverse society that trying to keep them exclusive.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
As long as no one attempts to force any one else to call it something different than they want to, it's fine with me. I call it a Christmas tree and I am not offended by people who call it a Holiday tree. As long as you accept that I call it what I want then I don't mind if you call it what you want.
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I call it a Christmas tree, though I'd be very surprised if the tradition of bringing in a tree of some kind for winter solstice didn't have origins in pre-Christian cultures.
Pagan Origins of the Christmas Tree
as for "holiday tree," that sounds dumb, so i don't use that phrasing myself. but it doesn't offend me if someone wants to call it that. it's a big 'ol world, and I can think of things that matter more.
Kelts celebrated several Pagan religious events during that time. And the evergreen tree was a big part of it.
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