The Grinch Strikes Again
Have you ever seen the Grinch? You know, that green sinister looking thing that decides to steal Christmas? That’s the one. Whenever you watch him jump down the chimney and steal all those great toys from Santa, you really just want to knock his block off. But he succeeds and takes all the toys back to his cave.
Boston set off a furor this week when it officially renamed a giant tree erected in a city park a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”
The move drew an angry response from Christian conservatives, including evangelist Jerry Falwell who heckled Boston officials and pressed the city to change the name back.
“There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas,” Falwell told Fox Television.
The Nova Scotia logger who cut down the 48-foot (14-meter) tree was indignant and said he would not have donated the tree if he had known of the name change.
“I’d have cut it down and put it through the chipper,” Donnie Hatt told a Canadian newspaper. “If they decide it should be a holiday tree, I’ll tell them to send it back. If it was a holiday tree, you might as well put it up at Easter.”
You said it Donnie.
It’s interesting to look at our National Christmas Tree, which is still officially called the National Christmas Tree, but was called the “2004 National Holiday Tree” by Virginia last year. If you visit the National
Holiday Christmas Tree, the path that leads you there will give you a taste of Hannakuh, Kwanza, and other politically correct displays.
The history clearly shows that the tree is a Christmas tree. Not a “holiday tree.” Writer Darren Smith explains the history.
As far back as 1913, President Woodrow Wilson had asked for a community Christmas tree to be placed at the Capitol so that a tree lighting ceremony could be recognized as a national event. On Christmas Eve of that year, a crowd of 20,000 was entertained by the U.S.
Today, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree is just one part of what has become a major event at the White House — the Christmas Pageant of Peace (first established in 1954). Activities include featured guest performers, strolling costumed entertainers, and more than 50 volunteer choirs, gospel groups, bell ringers, and cloggers providing live musical performances.
What once was a single Christmas tree, now includes a main tree with 56 smaller trees — one for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia — lining the Pathway of Peace. More than 75,000 lights illuminate this year’s display, and to signify the beginning of the new Millennium, the National Christmas Tree will remain decorated with multi-colored lights until midnight of New Years Eve, at which time it will change to an all-white illumination, with accents of red garlands and blue in the star.
Now, it’s interesting to note the beginnings of the National Christmas Tree.
In 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a Christmas tree in President’s Park (now known as the Ellipse), south of the White House. The organizers named the tree the “National Christmas Tree.”
Today, it is forbidden to pray during the Pageant of Peace:
We ask that the musical selections represent a “HOLIDAY” theme. Religious observances such as prayer are NOT an appropriate part of this program.
Now, looking at recent times may put us in the dumps, but, we must keep in mind the end of the Grinch story. He restored Christmas, and his heart grew bigger than a large grey mammal. The world is not coming to an end, and people are showing their disgust at politically correct holidays, as seen in a recent online poll on a Boston CBS affiliate’s website, which said that 64% of the people who voted said Christmas has become too politically correct.
Be happy that some people who are selling you your tree still believe that “you and your children can enjoy the real meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus.”
Keep praying for our nation, and keep fighting for the your rights. Merry Christmas.