Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has decided that the traditional Christmas tree that stands in the Rhode Island State House must now be referred to as the “Holiday Tree”. Really? Who died and declared him Burgermeister?
Chafee had the balls to cite Roger Williams, who founded the state, as the inspiration for his act of placation. He should read up on his history. While Roger Williams did indeed buy the land that became Rhode Island in the name of religious freedom, it wasn’t because he was an atheist! In fact, he named it Providence because he believed it was GOD’s provenance which had delivered him there. He was a minister-he was a Christian. He would have been warmed by the concept of the Christmas Tree.
Can we stop bowing down to those who we think we might offend when we are celebrating one of the great traditions in this country?
Long ago, Christmas stopped being mostly about Christ and started being mostly about presents. And family. Who doesn’t love getting up Christmas morning, chowing down on a delicious breakfast with the family and then opening up some primo gifts? Throw in some drinks, some beef for dinner and a Christmas carol or two and you have the single best holiday of the year.
And this guy wants to ruin it. But honestly, I expect nothing less from a man who’s middle name is Davenport. Never really worked a day in his life, went to Phillips Academy and Brown University. Then, get this: he attended the Montana State Horseshoeing School. I’m serious. Such an institution actually exists. And he graduated from there. He got his seat in Congress when his father passed away. This guy is lucky sperm club all the way. No concept of how many hard working American’s look forward to celebrating CHRISTMAS. Not “the holiday” but Christmas. A few days off, a few drinks, a few gifts and a midnight Christmas Eve service to keep it all legit.
Stop ruining Christmas. It’s an incredible tradition in this country and it’s one of the things that makes Americans what we are.