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Tree time

Original post made on Oct 14, 2008

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.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 11:16 AM

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Place
on Oct 14, 2008 at 7:57 pm

You know, I use these lights all times of year and I don't celebrate Christmas - why aren't they just "lights"?

Can't wait for Jeb's "War on Christmas" stories and editorials to start! That's MY favorite time of year...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Ugh...don't tell me is xmas is around the corner.

A cheesy holiday, to say the least!

I don't celebrate xmas either, never will.


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Posted by cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Correction: ...don't tell me that the annual demon holiday is just around the corner.


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Posted by MainStreetDiva
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Oh joy.

Thus we have now officially kicked off the Anti-Christmas rhetoric.

When did it become politically incorrect to celebrate Christmas? Sheesh.

If I don't celebrate Halloween, can I thow a hissy fit to make everyone start calling the decorations "Fall Holiday" Lights?


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Buon Natale!

Cholo sembra pensare che Cristo era un demonio. Forse! Chi lo sa?


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Vineyard Hills
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.








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Posted by chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:42 am

Thanks Mary. Well said...


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:44 am

I remember this conversation last Christmas. Anyway, Christmas is also a secular/cultural holiday for many non-religious people in the US.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Place
on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:53 am

Ok MainStreetDiva,

I do have a serious question for you - why would you wish someone a "merry Christmas" who doesn't celebrate Christmas?

Seriously - the greeting just doesn't make sense. Unless you really don't think there are any people in Pleasanton who don't celebrate Christmas.

How is being more inclusive POSSIBLE robbing you of your traditions???

Am I barring you from going to church?

Preventing you from having a Christmas tree in your home?

What is so threatening about being more inclusive?


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Place
on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:54 am

Sorry the above was actually directed to Mary


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 15, 2008 at 11:17 am

The above posts signed "Cholo" are not mine.

I have never celebrated Christmas but I've always had neighbors that do. It's OK with me. I'm not Christian but if you wanna have fun, then have fun.

Many friends have wished me a Merry Christmas over the years and I'm not offended. I don't especially appreciate all the fuss about Christmas and the craziness over gifts.

I also don't appreciate all the drinking because it usually results in the deaths of thousands of innocent people.

Often, the Christmas decorations seem unnecessary.

It's really none of my business. Enjoy the season.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Will the real Cholo, please stand up!


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:38 pm


If anyone wishes me a Happy Hanukkah or Happy Winter Solstice I will happily accept the greeting of good wishes and they should do the same if I wish them a Merry Christmas.

Yes, the Christmas holiday is an important cultural celebration, I won't think less of you if you don't celebrate with us, but don't try to take it away from those of us that do.

Thank you Cholo for your reasonable comments, I don't like the gift part much either.


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Posted by Beth
a resident of Foothill Place
on Oct 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Mary,

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...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 15, 2008 at 8:53 pm

chris...soy yo...Cholo!

My comments are right above yours.

Lots of people are wrapped up with Cholo. copycats...


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 16, 2008 at 12:50 am

Many citizens celebrate cultural holidays that I don't celebrate. If they say "Happy(you pick a holiday)" to me, I simply, cheerfully, say "Thank you" and move on. Try it, it isn't hard...

Why not be grateful they included you in their holiday spirit. I always assume it's done in the spirit of friendship...


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 16, 2008 at 8:06 am

Jerry, Thank you for reinforcing my message, perhaps Beth can understand it when you say it.



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Posted by Yikes!
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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.


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Posted by Kris
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Some of you are asking for coal in your stocking........ You are worse than the kids!


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