[QUOTE=Cardinal Fang;1061236582]Exactly. Like a tree that you put up and decorate for the Christmas holiday is generally accepted to be a "Christmas" tree.Words and terms function because they have what are supposed to be at least generally accepted meanings. If people say that a four-legged creature that says "Meow" is a dog, they are likely on the wrong page and would need and benefit from some assistance and encouragement in updating their understandings.
It's not ONLY a cultural tradition, but it is actually a Christmas tree. It's not a Halloween tree. It's not a Thanksgiving tree.As any number of examples might go to illustrate, merely calling something a "cultural tradition" is not at all sufficient to bring protection, respect, or even tolerance for it.