Town Cuts Tree Lighting From Annual Holiday Celebration To Appease Those ‘Offended’ By The Tradition
The town of Durham, New Hampshire has officially overhauled their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to appease those who find the tree lighting "offensive".
The town of Durham, New Hampshire finally submitted to the politically correct police this year by agreeing to remove the tree lighting from their annual holiday celebration. The decision was announced after the town received complaints about the tree lighting tradition.
Tree Lighting Ceremony Cancelled
CBS reported that the event which was previously known as the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will now be called Frost Fest. And the tree lighting at the center of the celebration will no longer be part of it.
While Santa will attend the event, he will not be in a town firetruck as he has in the past. In addition, the wreaths that traditionally adorned lamp posts on Main Street will not be put up this year.
Town Council member Sally Tobias explained that these changes were made after someone complained that they are “offended” by the Christmas themes in the ceremony.
“There was another private citizen that came forward and said that he had always had a problem with the Christmas tree, as he called it,” Tobias said.
After a public meeting held by town officials, a working committee was formed that went about making changes to the event.
“There were a couple of people that did express some concerns about how they felt being included,” Tobias said.
Local Rabbi Praises The Move
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Rabbi Berel Slavaticki of the University of New Hampshire and Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center praised the town for not doing the tree lighting this year, saying the Town Council is moving in the right direction.
“To stop cultures and faiths from practicing publicly would be very un-American. I think that’s the beauty of our country,” the Rabbi said.
He added that last year, he had asked the town to display a Menorah during the eight days of Hanukkah, but his request was denied.
“The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that the Menorah and the Christmas tree both represent the holiday winter season,” Slavaticki said.
Town Council Member Invites Feedback
Tobias herself admitted that she is not a huge fan of the changes that have been made, but she added that the town is open to feedback from others.
“I will state that trees and Santas and wreaths are not Christian,” Tobias said, “And we would like to hear back from the community. We’d like to hear what they think about it, how they would like to see it evolve a little differently and how we can make it better.”
This isn’t the first time Durham’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony has been at the center of controversy. Last year the Human Rights Council pressured the town to discontinue the tree lighting. This year, it would seem the Council finally caved.
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Why is it that liberals who are obsessed with political correctness feel the need to ruin absolutely everything that is good and fun in the world?
What happened in Durham shows once again that there really is a war on Christmas, and that liberals will not be satisfied until all signs of the Christian holiday are erased forever.
We can only hope that town officials come to their senses and reinstate the annual tree lighting ceremony.
It’s a shame that the entire town is going to be deprived of this Christmas event just because of a few Scrooges.