I might try and share some Christmas information with the active JWs that I meet with to discuss the Bible.
What would the Jws think of this: the Christmas tree is considered a Christian symbol not a pagan symbol by society. Here was an article on AOL:
TORONTO (CP) - A Toronto judge has ordered the removal of a Christmas tree from the lobby of a provincial courthouse, sparking widespread anger among court staff. Justice Marion Cohen ordered the decorated tree removed Monday from the lobby of the Ontario Court of Justice to an out-of-the-way corridor on grounds it is a Christian symbol that alienates people of other creeds and traditions.
In a letter to staff Tuesday, she defended the order while acknowledging "that many people are upset with my decision."
"I am aware the Christmas tree has been placed in the front lobby at Christmas time for many years," Cohen wrote.
"I do not think it appropriate that when the clients of our court enter our courthouse, the first thing they see is a Christian symbol. The message to the many non-Christians, who attend our court and are confronted with this symbol, is that they are not part of this institution. It does not belong to them. They are different."
The tree, a small artificial plant decorated in lights, blue bunting and ornaments, has been relegated to a side corridor near administrative offices.
"A lot of people are ticked off," said one worker who didn’t want to be named.
"It’s been here for years," said another.
While staff were too shy to go on the record, public visitors had more than a few strong words about the judge’s decision.
"I think it’s pretty stupid," said April St. Amour. "A Christmas tree is a Canadian tradition."
"Whether people are Christian or not, they should leave it."
Brendan Crawley, spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General, said Cohen is a local judge in charge of the administration of that particular courthouse.
"There’s no overall court or ministry policy that addresses this situation," Crawley said. "Each courthouse has a certain amount of latitude to make local decisions on matters pertaining to local administration."
The Christmas tree is no stranger to battles of political correctness. While the Christmas tree still stands near Toronto city hall, bureaucrats created an uproar in 2002 when they tried to rename it a "holiday tree."
Last year, a spokesman for the governor general created a one-day firestorm by announcing that Michaelle Jean would light a "holiday tree" — an error quickly corrected the following day.
12-14-06 13:54 EST