WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There is a big beautiful tree downtown just across from the Federal Courthouse, but what is it? When we ran a story about the lighting of the Holiday tree, it lit up our web site with comments.
The name came from the city which named the event, they put out this statement.
“The use of the word Holiday instead of Christmas has been an issue for governmental
organizations across the country for the last several years. By using the word
‘Holiday,’ the City of Wilmington is trying to maintain a balancing act between the
Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We make every
effort to be respectful of all beliefs and forms of celebration while also adhering
To the law.”
But the people we spoke to still prefer Christmas tree.
“I’d like to think that you can call it whatever you want as long as it means something to you , I do think that holiday tree is an over P.C. term.” Ethan Sapp a student at UNCW told us.
“Well they can call it what they want…it’s my Christmas tree, that’s what I call it. “ Fred Smith a Wilmington resident announced.
“It’s a federal holiday, it’s called Christmas . Even our own government recognizes this as being Christmas.” John Keilbler of Wilmington said.