ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Residents of Elk Grove can officially have “Christmas” trees again.

Six years ago, the city started referring to the “holiday” season in its publications.  But this year, at least one citizen thought the change had gone too far.

Elk Grove resident Liz Stefanik asked her council member to change it back to Christmas after getting a flyer about recycling her “holiday” tree.

Wednesday night, the Elk Grove City Council debated whether to keep calling them “holiday” trees or go back to “Christmas” trees and all agreed Christmas is the way to go.

“I know what I celebrate, I know what I believe in.  I don’t begrudge other people from celebrating what they believe in,” said Elk Grove Councilmember Patrick Hume.  “If we want to put in our newsletter how to recycle Menorah wax or Festivus poles then that’s fine.  Let’s do that too.”

The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the decoration as secular, so Elk Grove won’t get in trouble for going back to calling it a Christmas tree.

Comments (8)
  1. sam says:

    funny how discrimination works in usa. we can have “kosher” foods, “halal” approved foods, but we can’t have “christmas” trees

  2. Fake says:

    A simple study of the tactics of the Romish Church reveals that in every case, the church absorbed the customs,

    traditions and general paganism of every tribe, culture and nation in their efforts to increase the number of people under their control.

    The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass.

    The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church, and belongs exclusively to the church of Rome.

    The ritual of the Mass involves the death of Christ, and the distribution of the “Host”, a word taken from the Latin word “hostiall” meaning victim!

    The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god.

    It was noted by the pre-Christian Romans and other pagans, that daylight began to increase after December 22nd, when they assumed that the sun god died.

    These ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead three days later as the new-born and venerable sun.

    Because the Bible offers no date for Jesus’ birth, the placement of the nativity is up for debate. However, the presence of shepherds “keeping watch over their flock by night” [Luke, 2:8] suggests the birth may have actually occurred in the spring during lambing–the only time of year shepherds watched their flocks both day and night. During the centuries immediately following Jesus’ life, Church leaders made no effort to correctly date the nativity. They focused on deaths and feast days, dismissing births as secondary.

    But by the early fourth century, Church leaders decided they needed a Christian alternative to rival popular solstice celebrations. They chose December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth and held the first recorded Feast of the Nativity in Rome in A.D. 336. Whether they did so intentionally or not, Church leaders directly challenged a fellow up-start religion by placing the nativity on December 25th. The Cult of Mithras celebrated the birth of their infant god of light on the very same day


  3. conserver1 says:

    Read it again, sam. It says we c-a-n we CAN have Christmas trees. Be happy. Don’t worry when things go your way.

  4. Keepthefaith says:

    Christmas tree and Merry Christmas forever! Saying holiday tree is so moronic. Thank you Liz for standing up for our rights.

    1. OnTrack says:

      Keeping the term “Christmas tree” instead of “holiday tree” is right on! We don’t alter verbiage of other cultures’ holiday observances.

  5. Stew Padasso says:

    I am just glad that my city council is spending time on this life altering issue. No issue weighs more heavily on my mind.

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