There are other holidays celebrated this time of year...

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 14 December 2016 05:00

Dear  Rev. Charles Hill,
Your headline read, "What's so bad about calling it a 'Christmas Tree'?" There is nothing wrong with calling a decorated evergreen tree a Christmas tree. Evergreen trees have been used for thousands of years to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian).
Since the 16th century they have been used to celebrate Christmas.
There are other holidays celebrated this time of year besides Christmas. The better known ones are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
An evergreen tree is not traditionally used in the celebration of these holidays.
At Hanukkah we light candles in a menorah to celebrate the re-dedication during the 2nd century B.C.E. of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is a celebration of religious freedom.
Christmas is the holiday most widely celebrated this time of year, but it is not the only one; therefore, you often hear people wish you Happy Holidays.
They are right. It is holidays in the plural just as we are a pluralistic country.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!
Betsy Fox
Kure Beach


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