Tree time Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Oct 14, 2008 at 7:57 pm
Workers began unraveling more than 20,000 Christmas lights this morning, spiraling them around the branches of five large trees in Civic Park downtown.
The lights are hung in mid-October in an attempt to beat the first rains of the season, according to city spokeswoman Joanne Hall. This year, the trees are being decorated with a new decor package that includes 20,000 warm, white lights, Hall said.
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Posted by Mary, a resident of the Vineyard Hills neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:21 am
Christmas is a magical part of my childhood, my children's childhood, and I hope my grandchildren's childhood; no one has the right to rob a whole country of our traditions!
We worry so much about everyone else's culture that we have risked sacrificing our own!
My family will be dressed in Christmas attire as we watch the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree. At the Christmas parade I will wish everyone I see a sincere Merry Christmas, and I will accept with the spirit intended anyone else's greeting of the Christmas season.
Posted by Beth, a resident of the Foothill Place neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm
Thanks for your response but you didn't answer my question.
I'll rephrase: Isn't the purpose of wishing someone a "merry Christmas" to hope they have a MERRY CHRISTMAS? Then why would you wish it to someone who you knew didn't celebrate Christmas? Or do you not know anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas?:
And how exactly is anyone taking Christmas away from you?
I never get an answer to either of those questions - just more hyperbole...I doubt I'll get an answer this time either...
Posted by Yikes!, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2008 at 11:27 pm
"We worry so much about everyone else's culture that we have risked sacrificing our own!"
Mary, I couldn't agree more. I am not religious, but Christmas is a huge part of my CULTURE. And they called them "Christmas Lights" because that's what they are - they are being put on a TREE....for CHRISTMAS.