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NC town debate: Community tree or Christmas tree?

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CARY, N.C. — What do you call a pine tree decorated with lights and ornaments? In one North Carolina city, residents may find out next month.

Multiple media outlets reported in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, trees decorating the town hall are called “community trees.” Some leaders and residents say they should be called Christmas trees.

The debate has filled the town council’s inbox with angry e-mails. Some say that “community trees” are examples of political correctness gone too far. Others say naming the trees after
Christmas excludes residents who don’t celebrate the holiday.

Councilman Don Frantz has wants city council to vote on the issue in January.

Frantz says town hall decorations should include all faiths but that any tree with presents underneath and nativity scenes decorating its branches is a Christmas tree.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What do you call a pine tree decorated with lights and ornaments? In one North Carolina city, residents may find out next month.

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