Some Christian folks are getting really worked up about what other people call their decorated trees. I could hardly believe my eyes when I read this:
After all, if there were no Jesus born in Bethlehem there would be no so-called holiday tree.
Really, I thought everybody knew by now that the trees were originally used in pagan rituals that pre-dated Christianity. We Christians adapted them from the pagans to use as a part of our religious holiday. Retailers have taken the trees to use in the service of their own religion (the worship of money). People of other religions (or no religion) enjoy the trees as a part of the holiday season, whatever the holidays mean to them.
If we tell other people that they have to acknowledge our holiday in order to use the trees, should the pagans come down on us next and demand that we call them Saturnalia trees?
Nobody has tried to stop me from calling my own tree a Christmas tree. And I don't have a problem with anybody else calling their tree whatever they like, be they an individual, a chain store, or a city government.