Monday, December 11, 2006
Seattle's airport removes Christmas trees
All nine Christmas trees have been removed from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport instead of adding a giant Jewish menorah to the holiday display as a rabbi had requested. Maintenance workers boxed up the trees during the graveyard shift early Saturday, when airport bosses believed few people would notice. "We decided to take the trees down because we didn't want to be exclusive," said airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt. "We're trying to be thoughtful and respectful, and will review policies after the first of the year."

For crying out loud it looks like the war against Christmas is still raging. If you ask me Christmas has long stopped being a religious holiday for many. Atheists put up Christmas trees and many people outside of the Christian religion do so to take part in the culture of modern day Christmas. The culture of giving, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Trees, presents and all the commercialism that is set around this holiday.

Truth have it, according to scholars Jesus was born back in September around the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. This is when the Peeps all came into town for religious festivities and to take part in a Government Census. Try booking a hotel room now in New York City for New Years Eve. You'll see how easy it is to find all the Inns full with no Vacancy on any given New Year. In this case the Jewish New Year, in September and why Joseph and Mary had to take up residence in lesser quarters - you know, such as a Manger with barn animals. Joseph being a new husband and young man probably forgot to make reservations. Husbands are known to do that forgetting thing quite often.

That being the case let the Christians take back their holiday and celebrated it in September but leave the Holiday Season be. Go ahead and put up Holiday Unity Trees everywhere and let different religions bring in different ornaments to hang all over it. Give them size requirements such as no ornament bigger than 5x5 inches. Open up donations for Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue ribbons for different charities. Yellow Snowmen ornaments for the Pet Societies in the area. Put it up and let it work for ALL American's who hold any belief and wish to help a cause.

Jesus would like it that way, don't 'cha think?

(UPDATE: The trees are back up! Looks like the Maintenance Crew racked up some nice Overtime hours this week.)
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 11:10 PM  
  • At 7:07 AM, Blogger Karlos said…

    I like the unity tree idea for public places.

    In today's society, everyone wants to be recognized. The pity is that our courts and our government aren't smart enough to realize that we can't recognize everyone and everything all the time. Me? I'll be having myself a merry ol' Christmas. :-) Hope you do too.

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger The Little Woman said…

    I agree with you, Mix. It's like that email letter that went around from "God" to His followers. Does it REALLY matter what the holiday is called? Maybe on a personal level but good grief, it is so commercialized now that the meaning is almost gone.

    For me, it is to celebrate the birth of Christ even if He was not born during this time - but we should celebrate Him all year long.

  • At 6:42 PM, Anonymous happy and blue 2 said…

    I say leave up the trees and say Merry Christmas. Destroying things for the majority because the minority doesn't like it is just stupid in my opinion..

  • At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    and, supposedly, a tree was adopted into Christmas tradition from much older, pre-christian times - it used to be a symbol of renewal and didn't have anything to do with Baby Jesus. Plus, hard to imagine a surplus of pine trees around Betlehem...?

    Let's celebrate all together!

    Best wishes to you, Margaret,
    and thanks for your comments.
    I consider you a guardian angel of my blog!

  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Rafael said…

    I think it's bullshit that they took them down because someone threatened to sue

  • At 4:56 PM, Blogger Melli said…

    And with all THAT said... I could see MAYBE where there would be a problem if the airport were displaying a NATIVITY... but they weren't... it was a tree! And these days we not only have CHRISTMAS trees, we have EASTER trees, Halloween trees, Valentines Day trees... PICK YOUR HOLIDAY trees! And SOME of our Christmas trees are even Blue and Silver!!! They could JUST as easily be Hannukah Trees! Sheeeeesh! Oh no though ... I think the Airport was 100% RIGHT ON to take them down! LET that guy be responsible ... he WANTED some attention! I think he GOT it!

  • At 6:44 AM, Blogger Lavender Dawn said…

    I like the unity trees idea. I am glad the trees are back up. What a way to overreact!

  • At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Jessica said…

    You know...CHRIST is the reason for the season...what about freedom of religion?!? If it hurts others to mention Christ during the Season...what about those it hurts not to mention Him? Something that should be so innocent to celebrate is becoming so complicated for what reason?

  • At 7:09 PM, Blogger Margaret said…

    Jessica: We were told we will be prosecuted for His Names sake and although we have enjoyed freely enjoying our religion for the last 200 years, that is just a drop in the bucket on how Christians were treated during the 1800 years before that.

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