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Study: Christmas Trees Make Those Who Donít Celebrate Holiday Feel Excluded
Fox News New York ^ | 12/20/2010

Posted on 12/20/2010 12:53:56 PM PST by SeekAndFind

(NewsCore) - So much for a holly, jolly Christmas.

A newly released study found that Christmas tree displays can “harm the emotional well-being” of those who do not celebrate the holiday.

Researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University (SFU) studied the psychological effect that Christmas displays have by asking test participants to work in a room that either contained a Christmas tree or did not.

The results showed that for those participants who did not celebrate the holiday, being in a room with a Christmas tree made them feel less sure of themselves.

The result was the opposite for those who did celebrate Christmas, as they reported feeling more positive after spending time in the presence of a decorated tree.

Participants with non-Christian religious backgrounds – Sikhs and Buddhists, for instance – reported less self-assurance and feeling less included at the university when they were in the presence of a Christmas tree.

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1 posted on 12/20/2010 12:53:58 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Same story here :

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2010/12/memo_your_chris.php

Your Christmas Tree May Be Offending Someone Right Now

By Jen Doll

EXCERPT:

Today in over-the-top political correctness seemingly supported by science: Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada have undertaken a study to see how Christmas trees hurt the feelings of impact people who aren’t Christian. They asked 77 Christians and 57 non-Christians to fill out a survey both when a 12-inch Christmas tree was in the room and when it was not. The people who didn’t celebrate Christmas “reported fewer positive feelings and less self-assurance in the Christmas room. Christians were mostly cheered by the tree.”

Of course, all of this assumes an actual connection between Christmas trees and Christianity, which a sampling of our immediate group of diversely religious peers would indicate is tenuous at best. Some even argue that the origin of the decorated evergreen is actually pagan! (Personally, we’re more offended by the hiring of Christmas tree stylists and the outright obesity of Santa these days.)

Michael Schmitt, the psychologist behind the research, said:

“We’re not suggesting ‘no Christmas’ or ‘no Christmas displays at all,’ but in contexts where we really do value respecting and including diversity in terms of religion, the safest option is not to have these kinds of displays.”

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2 posted on 12/20/2010 12:55:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My 2cents? - Make sure your tree is HIGHLY visible from the windows of your home...


3 posted on 12/20/2010 12:55:41 PM PST by NowApproachingMidnight (purple durple lips)
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To: SeekAndFind

Talk about Mamby-Pamby land...


4 posted on 12/20/2010 12:56:13 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Yeah. Whatta bunch of jackwagons...


5 posted on 12/20/2010 12:57:01 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Attn. GOP: Deliver the goods, or we'll do to you what we did to the Dems!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Also here :

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/8214222/Christmas-trees-make-non-Christians-feel-excluded.html

TITLE : Christmas trees ‘make non-Christians feel excluded’

Christmas trees should be removed from public places to avoid making non-Christians feel “excluded”, scientists have suggested.

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6 posted on 12/20/2010 12:57:06 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well that 7% need to be tolerant of the other 93% IMO.


7 posted on 12/20/2010 12:57:15 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh wahhhhhhh. People can chose to be offended or not. We’re not some bag of helpless brain chemicals with no control over our emotions. We’ve got to stop ordering our society to please people who CHOSE to be offended at things where no offense was intended.


8 posted on 12/20/2010 12:57:33 PM PST by MissesBush
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To: SeekAndFind

If you choose to not take part in something(Christmas), why would one feel “excluded” when they see others participating in it?

Stupid.


9 posted on 12/20/2010 12:58:02 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SeekAndFind
These sort of nonsense is merely a smokescreen to justify that Marxist attempt to stamp out religious freedom.

Don't like Christmas trees, avoid them. Better yet, find God because the lack of a relationship with God is why you're depressed.

10 posted on 12/20/2010 12:59:02 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Having abandoned its sombre dress for a scintillating splendour, it is transfigured and becomes the messenger of a light that is not its own but bears witness to the true Light that comes into this world. This tree's destiny is comparable to that of the shepherds: while they were watching in the shadows of the night, here they are illumined by the Angels' message. This tree's destiny is also comparable to our own, for we are called to bear good fruits to show that the world has truly been visited and redeemed by the Lord. Standing beside the crib, this fir, in its own way, demonstrates the great mystery that was present in the simple, poor place of Bethlehem. To the inhabitants of Rome, to all the pilgrims and to all who will visit St Peter's Square through the television images broadcast across the world, it proclaims the coming of the Son of God."

The Pope On The Christmas Tree

11 posted on 12/20/2010 12:59:37 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be ustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s always Festivus. (Where’s the aluminum pole?)


12 posted on 12/20/2010 12:59:55 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The muzzies are coming! The muzzies are coming! Hide your Christmas tree!

Whatever happened to that flippin' "melting pot"? Now, we've got the be like the losers who ran away from their home countries that THEY screwed up.

13 posted on 12/20/2010 12:59:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: SeekAndFind

To those who are offended by my Christmas tree:

Up yours and Merry Christmas.


14 posted on 12/20/2010 12:59:57 PM PST by NoKoolAidforMe (1-20-09--The Beginning of an Error..............1-20-13--Change we can look forward to)
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To: MissesBush

A tree is a tree.

It cannot make anyone feel anything.


16 posted on 12/20/2010 1:00:19 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“made them feel less sure of themselves.”? They’re not sure of their feelings? They have more problems than dealing with Christmas. Time for them to grow up and handle it. Just like everyone else does that doesn’t celebrate Jewish holidays and others.


17 posted on 12/20/2010 1:01:29 PM PST by RC2
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To: MrB

Exactly. And if a tree does cause you to feel something then you’ve got bigger problems than the tree.


18 posted on 12/20/2010 1:02:07 PM PST by MissesBush
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone who prostrates themselves six times daily to the east does the same to me!!


19 posted on 12/20/2010 1:02:18 PM PST by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind
Participants with non-Christian religious backgrounds – Sikhs and Buddhists, for instance – reported less self-assurance and feeling less included at the university when they were in the presence of a Christmas tree.

Well, tell ya what. The next time American Christians are in the Punjab or in Tibet, they should be sure to demand that the locals alter their customs and religious displays so that the Christians don't feel excluded.

Yeah, that'll go over really great, won't it?

What ever happened to respecting the cultural norms of other countries and cultures when you are among them? Why is it that the West is the only area expected to go to the extreme of cultural castration to accomodate the sensibilities of other visiting cultures?

Could it be that the goal of the visiting cultures (and their liberal engablers) is to degrade the West? Nah, can't be.

20 posted on 12/20/2010 1:02:31 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind
The results showed that for those participants who did not celebrate the holiday, being in a room with a Christmas tree made them feel less sure of themselves.

The solution is obvious. They should learn about Christmas and start celebrating it so they won't feel excluded.

21 posted on 12/20/2010 1:02:42 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: SeekAndFind

Utter BS. I don’t feel left out in the presence of Menorah’s.


22 posted on 12/20/2010 1:03:02 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: MrB

amazing study, that... Prager said this today: “when we go to someone’s birthday party, since it is not OUR birthday, we are excluded and should therefore be offended..

strange times...


23 posted on 12/20/2010 1:04:20 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: pfflier

RE: Someone who prostrates themselves six times daily to the east does the same to me!!


Actually, the minimum required is 5 times. Whoever does it 6 times or more must have lots of time in his hands.


24 posted on 12/20/2010 1:04:41 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Tough noogies beyotches. LOL


25 posted on 12/20/2010 1:04:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: beethovenfan

RE: There’s always Festivus. (Where’s the aluminum pole?)

I don’t have grievances, and I am quite weak after eating food that caused me several days of diarhea, can I still celebrate Festivus ?


26 posted on 12/20/2010 1:06:53 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
This one should *really* bother them.


27 posted on 12/20/2010 1:07:06 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: MissesBush
People can chose to be offended or not.

I respectfully disagree. We cannot control our feeling (being offended or not). What we can and should control, however, is the decision of what to do with this feeling of being offended. Some of us may be offended by merely the presence of loud liberals in our neighborhood. Doesn't mean we do something or whine about them, like these people do.

28 posted on 12/20/2010 1:08:37 PM PST by paudio (The differences between Clinton and 0bama? About a dozen of former Democratic Congressmen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

6 - one more for good measure.


29 posted on 12/20/2010 1:08:53 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: SeekAndFind

It harms my emotional well-being by being denied seeing Christmas trees outside. So there!


30 posted on 12/20/2010 1:09:18 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer And A Painter Can Change Black To White)
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To: SeekAndFind
So they poll 42% non-christians. Big deal. How many were hard-core atheists? T'sk.

And more particularly...How many were foreigners who brought their old pagan religion with them? IT doesn't mean anything. If the foreigners feel out of place in North America...it is because THEY ARE and should leave if they don't assimilate.

31 posted on 12/20/2010 1:09:25 PM PST by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: SeekAndFind

So hire Christians ..takes care of that problem


32 posted on 12/20/2010 1:09:56 PM PST by RnMomof7 (Gal 4:16 asks "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?")
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To: SeekAndFind
Isn't this the same as going to a pool party and feeling "excluded" because you don't swim?

Nobody "excluded" you - you have excluded yourself.

33 posted on 12/20/2010 1:10:47 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: RatRipper
I don't feel left out at the presence of Menorah's either. I can even say the Brucha. I feel left out if I don't get a plate of Kuegle and Latkes.
34 posted on 12/20/2010 1:10:55 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

Check with Mr. Costanza.


35 posted on 12/20/2010 1:11:30 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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They don’t celebrate Christmas then of course they will be left out. That just kind of makes sense given that it’s Christmas. What’s the problem ?


36 posted on 12/20/2010 1:11:42 PM PST by blarney
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To: SeekAndFind
Where did all that feckin' TOLERANCE go???????????????

37 posted on 12/20/2010 1:12:10 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RatRipper

What is it about Christmas that gets non-christians all in a lather? Liberals are all for tolerance and acceptance of *their* religion but not others.


38 posted on 12/20/2010 1:12:12 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: SeekAndFind

“I’m a Jew...A Lonely Jew...On Christmas.”

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103722/a-jew-on-christmas


39 posted on 12/20/2010 1:12:17 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: SeekAndFind

Black History month - I feel excluded.

Saint Patrick’s day - leprecauns, corned beef, green beer - not everyone is Irish. Really.

Puerto Rican parades - where’s mine?

Mardi Gras - sorry, not my cultural background to pig out and party before Lent - very alienating.

Pep rallies and school dances - when will they ever celebrate nerds? It still hurts.


40 posted on 12/20/2010 1:13:12 PM PST by heartwood
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To: SeekAndFind

Ask me if I give a damn.


41 posted on 12/20/2010 1:13:13 PM PST by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
If my Christmas Tree offends you, I hope that you get over it, cause you don't look like a victim to me.
42 posted on 12/20/2010 1:13:27 PM PST by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: SeekAndFind

So what. I’m offended every time I see someone wearing a burka.


43 posted on 12/20/2010 1:13:38 PM PST by Hang'emAll
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To: SeekAndFind

Horse sh**. Lack of Christmas trees affect MY well being. How about that, you bas****s.


44 posted on 12/20/2010 1:13:46 PM PST by calex59
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To: SeekAndFind

So, if I were to go to India, I might also feel a bit out-of-place, but that would not give me the right to remake the country.

What sort of people are we talking about here, who are so dleicate that a Christmas tree hurts them? Do we really want to increase the proportion of such weaklings in our population?

No, it is all phony. I have met Sikhs, for example, who don’t mind Christmas trees at all. I am sure that it is easier than having Muslims nearby.

I also really do not mind other peoples’ holidays. I rather like the Lunar New Year: a great time for a feast of Chinese (or Korean) food. Similarly the Indian Feast of Lights does not seem to me to be at all anti-Christian, and the food and friendship are good. I have never been harmed by any Jewish holiday.

But maybe I am just a tough guy!


45 posted on 12/20/2010 1:13:46 PM PST by docbnj
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To: SeekAndFind

You know what-I don’t care if their feelings are hurt. This is a Christian country & if they don’t like it please move to another country that will put up with their crap.
All Obama has done in my opinion is cause people to become more inclined to be against unions, gays, illegals, blacks, countries that Obama bows down to, etc. I’m getting fed up-No I’m already fed up & if the Republicans don’t allow the tea party people into making decisions I think the Republicans should call it a day & let the Tea Party take over. Plus if you give people unemployment for over a year why would they want to find a job. Its easier to sit on their butts & do nothing & still get paid. It was that way in Mich. with No Fault benefits. Most people were getting more money staying off work than going back to work. I have no problems with helping people who are really are in need with food, donations etc. but if the person isn’t even looking for any kind of work they need to get off unemployment etc. So sorry for the rant, Jim Robinson, but I’m fed up with the Progressives & their idea of destroying what makes the United States a great country to live in.


46 posted on 12/20/2010 1:14:57 PM PST by jrcats (Sarah Palin's Alaska beats Obama's D.C. Disaster!)
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To: paudio

I think we can develop the emotional maturity to not be offended at things where no offense is intended. Maybe lacking emotional maturity one would not be able to control emotions. But in chosing to develop one’s emotional maturity they learn when there is truly offense meant and when there’s not. They’d also learn the difference between being excluded by others from an activity like Christmas and one chosing to exclude themselves-—and then not being offended when others chose to partake. So you are partially right—we don’t control our emotions or those things at which we take offense until we develop the capacity to not misinterpret events as being a personal affront. This is a skill that takes a long time to develop. It’s one my company, in part, trains with business managers and their employees and we see it is a learnable skill.


47 posted on 12/20/2010 1:15:40 PM PST by MissesBush
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To: SeekAndFind

I call B.S. on this.

They’re pretty.

I happen to think they are pagan nonsense, but that’s my thing.

The only people who feel “excluded” are those insecure in their religion.


48 posted on 12/20/2010 1:16:10 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP
SANTA CLAUS IS OBESE



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49 posted on 12/20/2010 1:16:10 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0ponzi Version 9.8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: heartwood

How about Kwanzaa?


50 posted on 12/20/2010 1:16:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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