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  • Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming—study

    02/07/2016 8:09:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 4, 2016 2:25pm EST | Alister Doyle
    An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely because many nations have planted conifers such as pines and spruce whose dark color traps the sun's heat, the scientists said. Lighter-colored broad-leafed trees, such as oak or birch, reflect more sunlight back into space, but have lost ground to fast-growing conifers, used for everything from building...
  • Peddlers flock to New York City for 'coniferous tree' season (new PC term for Christmas tree)

    12/12/2015 9:06:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2015 8:52 AM EST | Verena Dobnik
    In New York City, even sidewalk space is coveted real estate. Street vendors sometimes spend a fortune or languish for years on waiting lists to acquire one of the permits that allow them to sell goods in tightly regulated locations. But once a year, there's an exception, laid out in an artfully worded city ordinance: During the month of December, anyone may sell "coniferous trees" just about anywhere - no license required. It's a rare tree-for-all. Peddlers flock in from across North America. Big trucks carrying huge loads of trees arrive in the dead of night. Stands selling coniferous trees...
  • From real candles in the 1900s, a tinsel takeover in the '50s and drifts of fake snow drifts in...

    12/22/2014 7:30:38 PM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | Dec. 22, 2014 | Charlie Lankston
    Full Title: From real candles in the 1900s, a tinsel takeover in the '50s and drifts of fake snow drifts in the '60s - how trees have changed down the decadesFor many, a Christmas tree is the most memorable aspect of their annual festive decorations. The tree itself has been a part of holiday traditions for centuries, dating back to the late 16th century when the custom was first developed in Germany; but the way in which it has been trimmed has changed dramatically from year to year. Here, we take a look back at some of the different Christmas...
  • Sad Christmas Tree

    12/11/2014 7:08:40 PM PST · by ensignsj · 33 replies
    Each season, millions of Christmas trees are set up in offices, malls, airports and other public spaces. These trees are adorned with ornaments that hold no sentimental value. They are often surrounded by empty presents. Quite literally, no one cares about them. These are their stories.
  • BRUSSELS BANS CHRISTMAS TREES because they are offensive to Muslims

    11/09/2012 7:27:25 PM PST · by massmike · 54 replies ^ | 11/09/2012 | n/a
    Whos next? London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Dearborn? Until last year there was an annual Christmas tree standing in the center of the Grote Market in Brussels. Councillor Bianca Debaets regrets that this year the traditional Market tree will not be there. I suspect that the reference to the Christian religion was the decisive factor, she added. he City has announced that there will be no tree at the Grote Markt this year. It will be replaced by an exhibit of lights that looks like an Evergreen tree. Debaets is not happy with that decision as she sees Christmas being gradually...
  • Jim DeMint Explains Obama's Brand New Christmas Tree Tax

    11/09/2011 10:50:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 9, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    No, its not a joke. President Obama really is imposing a special new tax on Christmas trees. And while the policy seems a ludicrous political misstep and possibly an unconstitutional one at that in truth, the Obama Christmas Tree Tax is much worse than that. The $2 million the Obama Administration expects the tax to raise will not reduce the deficit or cover needed government services. Instead, it will serve as a marketing slush fund for the Christmas tree industry. The money will set up a brand new government agency called (no, seriously) the Christmas Tree Promotion Board....
  • Obama creates new Christmas tree tax

    11/09/2011 10:24:45 AM PST · by Slambat · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 9, 2011 | Federal Register
    President Obamas Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas treesthe Christmas Tree Taxto support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
  • Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen After Car-Bomb Sting at Oregon Christmas Tree Ceremony

    11/26/2010 10:39:29 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 149 replies ^ | 11/26/2010 |
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  • Do Most Christians Decorate Christmas Trees With Ornaments of Chairman Mao and Transvestites?

    09/01/2010 2:06:58 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 01, 2010 | Stella Paul
    Our beloved president has expressed bewilderment at recent polls showing large numbers of Americans doubt his commitment to Christianity. Because we hate to see our president even a wee bit flummoxed, let's help him out. Do most Christians you know choose to decorate their Christmas tree with smiling images of Chairman Mao, who murdered at least 50 million of his countrymen, as well as signed photos of transvestite Hedda Lettuce? Well, that's the very special holiday magic the Obamas decided to hang on their tree for their first White House Christmas, courtesy of famed Barney's designer Simon Doonan. Maybe we're...

    12/04/2009 8:15:31 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 563+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 02 December 2009 | Mark Steyn
    .... here's another one for the bulging files: Two Cambridge academics have voiced their dismay at the news that all references to Christmas have been dropped from the switching-on ceremony for Dundees festive lights. Instead of the traditional Christmas Lights switch-on, The Times newspaper reported that residents will be attending the 'Dundee Winter Light Night'. Council officials have also decided that rather than a retelling of the Nativity story there will be a disco, a contemporary circus, a continental market and a seven foot fairy on stilts.That's another reason to resist this stuff - not merely because it's an act...
  • Christmas Safety Tips

    12/20/2008 1:16:23 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 383+ views
    LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT ^ | 12/13/2008 11:00:00 AM | d'Lisa Davies
    Note: The following text is a quote: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2008 Christmas Safety Tips The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department would like to reiterate and stress that the holiday season is also a time of increased risk, that involve hazards in the home. Added this season is the threat of potential mudslides in the recently burned areas of the Sayre Brush fire. During these challenging economic times, we encourage all to remain fire safe! Christmas Trees Each holiday season an estimated 500 residential fires, which result in approximately 100 injuries and 40 deaths can be attributed...
  • In tough times, Americans cling to Christmas trees

    12/18/2008 6:16:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 856+ views
    Beleaguered Americans may have to trim the size of their Christmas tree this year or cut back on gifts to afford one, but few will do without the holiday centerpiece no matter how bad the economy. Industry insiders from tree farmers to people like Rick Rusin -- who sells trees in the corner of a small shopping mall parking lot in the western Chicago suburb of Geneva -- say that while consumers are tightening budgets, for them it's business as usual.
  • Christmas Tree Programs Brighten Holidays for Military Families

    12/15/2008 3:09:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 172+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 A Christmas tree farm in Whitehouse, Ohio, is celebrating the holiday season by giving away 100 Christmas trees to military families. We've been giving trees to military families since the war started, Duke Wheeler, owner of Whitehouse Christmas Tree Farm, said. We feel it's important to let these families know that we appreciate their sacrifices. We're grateful for all that they do. The tree farm is giving away 7-foot Christmas trees through Dec. 20 to military families who have a servicemember overseas or a servicemember who recently returned from duty. Family members can cut...
  • 'Christmas is the pathway to hell': Muslim lawyer's extraordinary rant at 'evil' celebration

    12/10/2008 3:52:30 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 116 replies · 2,435+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 12/10/08 | Liz Hazelton
    A Muslim lawyer has launched an extraordinary rant against Christmas, branding the celebration 'evil'. Hate preacher Anjem Choudary claimed the festival was the 'pathway to hell' and urged his followers to boycott it. 'In the world today many Muslims, especially those residing in Western countries, are exposed to the evil celebration Christmas,' he raged in a sermon broadcast on the internet. 'Many take part in the festival celebrations by having Christmas turkey dinners. 'Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah. 'Many still practise this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the...
  • Christmas Trees Absent From University of North Carolina Libraries This Year

    12/06/2008 2:01:00 PM PST · by Baladas · 24 replies · 823+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 6, 2008 | staff
    Christmas trees that have graced the two main libraries at the University of North Carolina won't be displayed this year, after numerous complaints, The Charlotte Observer reported. The trees have stood in the lobbies of Wilson and Davis libraries at the Chapel Hill campus during December. This year, they are being kept in storage. Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries, told the newspaper that she made the decision after several years of complaints from employees and others. We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas, she said. It doesn't seem right to celebrate one...
  • $50,000 REWARD IN DEATHS OF (Christmas) TREE FARMER, 2 OTHERS (migrant workers suspected)

    01/26/2008 8:15:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 321+ views
    $50,000 REWARD IN DEATHS OF TREE FARMER, 2 OTHERSRobbery may be motive in slayings Authorities describe how shootings occurred Associated Press INDEPENDENCE, Va. --The family of a prominent North Carolina tree farmer has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for his slaying, as well as that of his son and an employee. Authorities said robbery was the apparent motive in the shooting deaths Thursday of Ronald Hudler, 75, his son Frederick Hudler, 45, and an employee, 25-year-old John Miller. The three were slain on Ronald Hudler's property in Mouth of Wilson, Va., just...
  • 3 Indicted In Armed Robbery Of Boy Scout Fundraiser

    01/12/2008 11:45:00 AM PST · by darkangel82 · 33 replies · 444+ views
    WLWT Cincinnati ^ | January 11 | Travis Gettys
    CINCINNATI -- A grand jury indicted three people in connection with the armed robbery last month of Boy Scouts at a Christmas tree sale. Prosecutors said Friday that Kenneth Hodge, 19, David Keeling, 19, and Nashon Wallace, 20, would face charges in the Dec. 3 robbery outside Toms Drive-Thru in North College Hill. The Boy Scouts, ages 13 and 11 years old, said they were selling Christmas trees in the parking lot along West Galbraith Road shortly before closing when three men approached, with one carrying a sawed-off shotgun. The boys said they thought the men were joking until one...
  • Holiday tree farms get the ax

    01/05/2008 7:10:20 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 234+ views
    star ledger ^ | Saturday, December 15, 2007 | MARYANN SPOTO
    When it came time to decide what to do with his family's Christmas tree farm in Monroe Township, Thomas Allen didn't have a lot of options. His grown children had no interest in the business, and Allen couldn't work the land while holding down his full-time job supervising town recreation. The farm in Middlesex County, where Christmas trees have been sold for 40 years, didn't generate enough profit to provide his sole income. So Allen did what so many farmers in New Jersey before him have done. He sold his land to developers. As farmers like Allen leave the cut-your-own...
  • Christmas tree survives war, Hiroshima bomb

    12/25/2007 7:03:04 AM PST · by RDTF · 19 replies · 231+ views
    Tuscaloosa news ^ | Dec 21, 2007 | ERIC TALMADGE, AP
    TOKYO - Warren Nobuaki Iwatake's family has seen more than its share of calamity. When he was still a child his father was lost at sea off Hawaii. With no breadwinner, his family was forced to move to Japan, where Iwatake was drafted during the war. He lost a brother when the bomb fell on Hiroshima. But through it all one thing has remained constant. The tree. His parents bought it in 1937, and his family has brought it out every Christmas since, without fail, even when that meant risking arrest. "This tree was a shining light, because it was...
  • Dwarf Christmas Trees Gain Popularity

    12/22/2007 10:53:29 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies · 36+ views
    AP ^ | 12/22/07 | Staff
    Potted dwarf Christmas trees are gaining in popularity. They range from 18 to 54 inches tall and sell from $14.99 to $80. Customers like them because they're a lot smaller and easier to handle. Dwarf pines, cypresses and spruces grown in pots for the holiday are certainly smaller and lighter than live trees whose roots are balled and covered with burlap. Owners are supposed to plant them outside after Christmas, but often they get tossed. But even if they're planted, they're not sure to thrive. People can do a poor job of taking care of them. The trees also might...
  • Who Is Hanging Christmas Ornaments Along New Jersey Highway?

    12/12/2007 8:00:10 PM PST · by RDTF · 8 replies · 165+ views ^ | Dec 12, 2007 | AP
    LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. A Christmas mystery is unfolding in the New Jersey Pinelands, right along the shoulders of the Garden State Parkway. For the past few weeks, someone has been adorning two large pine trees next to the southbound lanes of the highway with Christmas ornaments. It started before Thanksgiving at mile marker 58.2 with two glass ornaments, with a shiny red ball about the size of a cantaloupe, and a smaller oblong red ornament with swirly gold glitter running from top to bottom. They were tied to branches by long strands of white cord, so that...
  • Soldiers Attend Tree Lighting Ceremony

    12/12/2007 5:01:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 416+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Third Brigade Combat Team Soldiers waved Chemlights while singing Christmas carols during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. Photo by Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 8, at Forward Operating Base Hammer to welcome a Christmas season spent with their Army family. “I enjoyed the ceremony. It was very motivating and very uplifting,” said Staff. Sgt. Derrick Mears, from Richmond, Va., a communications non-commissioned officer in Headquarters...
  • Mystery Decorator Adorns Roadside Trees

    12/12/2007 12:30:41 PM PST · by Froufrou · 13 replies · 57+ views ^ | 12/12/07 | Wayne Parry
    Deck the Parkway? Someone is hanging Christmas ornaments with care, not by the chimney but on trees along the Garden State Parkway. It started before Thanksgiving with two glass ornaments a shiny red ball about the size of a cantaloupe and a smaller red oblong with gold glitter swirls tied to branches of two large pines. They were easily visible to motorists blasting down the southbound lanes on a stretch of highway in the Pinelands where there are no nearby houses. Then more decorations popped up. One week it was a glitter-enhanced green ball the same size as the original...
  • Lowe's Apologizes for 'Family Trees' in Christmas Catalog

    11/14/2007 4:30:26 AM PST · by Man50D · 128 replies · 617+ views ^ | November 14, 2007 | Randy Hall
    An early skirmish in this year's "War on Christmas" ended on Tuesday when the nationwide home improvement chain Lowe's apologized for referring to Christmas trees in its holiday catalog as "family trees." "That was a complete error," Maureen Rich, a spokeswoman for Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse - which serves more than 13 million customers a week in its 1,400 stores across the nation - told Cybercast News Service. "Right now, we're extremely disappointed in this breakdown in our own creative process. "We are apologizing to customers today for any confusion our holiday catalog created," Rich said. She explained that the...
  • Kmart and Sears refuse to use the word CHRISTMAS in ads

    12/07/2007 11:39:59 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 100 replies · 323+ views
    Liberty Counsel targets K-Mart, Sears for refusing to use 'Christmas' in ads Allie Martin December 7, 2007 A Christian law firm is targeting two retail giants after they offended Christians with their advertising. Officials at Liberty Counsel say K-Mart and Sears have renamed "Christmas trees" to "holiday trees" in their advertising. According to Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, a ministry supporter asked K-Mart why it took the action. "A representative from Sears Holding Corporation, which owns K-Mart as well, wrote back and said that Sears is a diverse company and it did not want to offend any of its...
  • Bah humbug to puny Christmas tree

    12/06/2007 3:26:12 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 13 replies · 70+ views
    Newsday ^ | 12/5/07 | NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON
    Bah humbug to puny Christmas tree BY NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON 7:36 PM EST, December 5, 2007 Apparently, when it comes to holiday symbols, size does matter. At least it did to some folks in Long Beach, who were none too happy with the elfin Christmas tree planted next to a 20-foot-high menorah at Kennedy Plaza infront of City Hall. They called, they sent letters, they testified at a public hearing at City Hall. Long Beach resident Rick Hoffman put it this way: "What's up with the giant menorah and the Charlie Brown Christmas tree?" he asked. "We wish it would...
  • SV Middle Schools Christmas tree is redeemed

    12/04/2007 5:17:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 141+ views
    SIERRA VISTA Ron and Joanne Wagner were guests of honor during a special celebration at Sierra Vista Middle School on Monday. The Wagners, who had purchased a Christmas tree that had been donated to the Festival of Trees by the middle school, gave the tree back to the school for students and staff to enjoy. This marked the fourth year the Wagners purchased a tree at the Festival and returned it to the school that donated it. All the ornaments on the tree were hand made by special education students. Now on display in the school library, the tree...
  • Fake Christmas Trees Bring Real Merriment

    12/01/2007 6:50:28 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 40 replies · 45+ views
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | December 1, 2007 | By Scott Rochat
    (LONGMONT) For anybody selling artificial trees, its a merrier Christmas every year. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 9.3 million American households bought a manufactured tree last year. Thats up from 7.3 million in 2001. And while real trees still have a three-to-one edge in sales, the long life of an artificial tree means that plastic is slowly crowding its way into the center of the Christmas card. Five years ago, a nation-wide study found that 60 percent of the homes that put up a tree chose to go artificial. People will lie to you, but artificial trees...
  • Christmas Tree Back Up at Missouri State

    12/01/2007 3:47:00 PM PST · by familyop · 7 replies · 324+ views
    KSPR, ABC ^ | 29NOV07 | Matt Petcoff
    Missouri State University is once again featuring a Christmas tree in strong hall. The tree was put up the day before thanksgiving, but then taken down on Monday. School officials say they did it because there was a need for discussion regarding holiday symbols. Everyone we talked to on campus today said putting the tree back up was the right decision. But, this story is about more than just a Christmas tree. Celebrating Christmas with a tree was not the beginning of concern surrounding religion at Missouri State. "Issues have been raised over the years and this was probably the...
  • Missouri State reverses decision to remove Christmas tree

    11/29/2007 7:06:55 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 305+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Nov. 29, 2007
    Missouri State University has reversed a decision to take down a 20-foot Christmas tree and will instead reinstall it along with symbols from other religions, the university said today. The tree had been removed from Strong Hall on the universitys campus on Monday, after a Jewish faculty member complained that it showed a lack of sensitivity to other religions. But the tree will be reinstalled along with symbols from other religions... We decided this is the right thing to do, and I am glad there was widespread agreement about it, Missouri State President Michael Nietzel said in a statement. The...
  • Missouri State reverses decision to remove Christmas tree

    12/01/2007 10:40:14 AM PST · by wardaddy · 36 replies · 122+ views
    WTSP ^ | 12-1-07 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Missouri State University has reversed a decision to take down a 20-foot Christmas tree and will instead reinstall it along with symbols from other religions. The tree had been removed from Strong Hall on the university's campus on Monday, after a Jewish faculty member complained that it showed a lack of sensitivity to other religions. But university officials now say the tree will be reinstalled along with a menorah and an "educational display of holiday traditions." Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, who had said he was "deeply troubled" by the Christmas tree's removal, praised the reversal of...
  • Napolitano pulls Christmas from AZ 'Holiday Tree'

    11/30/2007 5:39:05 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 6 replies · 58+ views
    Napolitano pulls Christmas from AZ 'Holiday Tree' By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services Tucson, Arizona | Published: 11.29.2007 PHOENIX What do you call the big green thing decked with colored lights, balls and doves in the lobby of state Capitol tower? Well, if you're the governor, you don't call it a Christmas tree. Instead, Janet Napolitano proclaimed it the "Holiday Tree." The governor formally lit the decoration this week in a ceremony. She also used the opportunity to promote "Hope for the Holidays," a special program to provide gifts to the children of parents who are incarcerated. So what...
  • Christmas Tree Being Unfairly Singled Out? ["Our Heroes" Tree]

    11/30/2007 7:01:01 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 45 replies · 144+ views ^ | 11/30/07 | Doug G. Ware
    SANDY - A holiday tree on display at Utah's annual "Festival of Trees" is getting unfair treatment -- according to some -- for its tribute to the state's fallen soldiers. The Festival of Trees was started in 1970 by a group of women along the Wasatch Front. Since then, it has raised millions of dollars for Primary Children's Medical Center. Each tree is decorated and donated by various persons and typically honors a child who has died. The tree is then purchased and the proceeds go to the hospital. This year, one particular tree has been singled out because organizers...
  • Stolen trees valued at $1,500 (VA Boy Scouts Christmas Trees Stolen)

    11/27/2007 7:28:42 PM PST · by RDTF · 65 replies · 305+ views
    Manassas Journal Messenger ^ | Nov 27, 2007 | KEITH WALKER
    A couple of Boy Scout troops lost more than $1,500 worth of Christmas trees to thieves between Nov. 19 and Friday. Troop 1390 out of Dale City and Troop 1396 out of Lake Ridge set up shop every year in the lot in front of the SunTrust Bank in the Forestdale Plaza on Dale Boulevard. The Scouts generally get a semi-truck load of balsam firs from Nova Scotia, said Doug Doerr, the scoutmaster for Troop 1390. This year someone stole 34 of the 300 trees the Scouts ordered. "We have never had a situation like this," said Doerr, who has...
  • The War On Christmas Is Real

    12/16/2006 8:56:36 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 28 replies · 1,251+ views
    CountyPressOnline ^ | Rev. Dr. Eddie J. Smith
    It is becoming readily apparent that there is a real war escalating against both Christmas and Christianity in our beloved country. The battle lines are determined by being a "friend or foe" of this favorite American holyday. It seems retailers need to learn a lesson. Last year Loewe's began the festive season by selling "holiday trees," but under consumer pressure quickly returned to calling them "Christmas trees." Wal-Mart began the season by telling its employees they could not say "Merry Christmas" to shoppers. Both legal pressure and public displeasure caused them to back down from this policy. When executives from...
  • Christmas Trees Back on Some Airline Counters at Seattle Airport(Take That!)

    12/11/2006 6:37:44 PM PST · by kellynla · 85 replies · 1,989+ views
    FOX NEWS.COM ^ | December 11, 2006 | staff
    SEATAC, Wash. The official Christmas trees may still be missing from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, but a few individual airline employees have decided to try to put some spirit back into the holiday. Employees at both Delta and Frontier airlines took up a collection on Monday and bought a few foot-tall decorated trees for the check-in counter. The airlines employees' move came after airport officials removed all nine Christmas trees in the building in response to a rabbi's request to add an 8-foot menorah to the holiday decorations. Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky made the request weeks ago, when he demanded officials...
  • 'Tis not the season at Sea-Tac Airport (Christmas Trees to Come Down at Seattle Airport)

    12/09/2006 10:56:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 107 replies · 3,469+ views
    KOMO-TV ^ | 12.09.06 | April Zepeda
    There will be no more Christmas trees at Sea-Tac Airport this season after the Port of Seattle received at least one complaint about them. For more than 25 years, the airport has celebrated the holidays with Christmas trees over its entrances. But overnight, the Port of Seattle ordered all 15 trees removed. "I think it's very unfortunate. Why lose the Christmas spirit? Christmas is for kids," said passenger Lisa Jones. The Port allowed "holiday" decorations to remain but decided to take down all the Christmas trees after a Jewish religious leader complained they were offensive. "It's a Christmas tree! It's...
  • Greens Stump for a Treeless Christmas

    12/25/2005 7:29:42 PM PST · by eric_da_grate · 72 replies · 1,269+ views
    Greens Stump for a Treeless Christmas By Marc Morano Senior Staff Writer December 23, 2005 ( - Some environmentalists are expressing angst during the Christmas season instead of joy, worried about what they view as the negative environmental impact of both real and artificial Christmas trees. The Sierra Club, in its publication Sierra Magazine, recommends that people look for "a storm-felled branch, or a piece of driftwood" to decorate in their homes, instead of the traditional Christmas tree. Eric Antebi, the Sierra Club's national secretary, also suggested that people consider celebrating Hanukah instead of Christmas because Hanukah is a...
  • Some Germans prefer trees to family for Christmas

    12/22/2005 10:23:03 AM PST · by ncountylee · 26 replies · 556+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 22, 2005
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Some Germans would rather spend Christmas with a tree than with their families, a new poll shows. The survey in Thursday's Focus weekly news magazine found 75 percent of Germans could not contemplate Christmas without their beloved "Tannenbaum", the traditional tree many cover lavishly with candles, lights and decorations. But only 65 percent said spending time with relatives was also essential for a good Christmas. Singing carols was the next most vital ingredient, with 57 percent saying they could not do without them, while 42 percent said Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without presents. The modern tradition...
  • Christmas tree brings Marines in Iraq closer to home

    12/16/2005 3:46:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 473+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL ASAD, Iraq -- Twas the night before Christmas, all were asleep, curled up in their racks. I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, instead a plastic bottle Christmas tree. These words, from Andrea Schutzs version of Twas the night before Christmas, bring the traditional holiday poem to the deserts of Al Asad, Iraq. Schutz, the key volunteer advisor for Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28, and the families of deployed Marines have been able to participate in the Christmas celebration here by making and sending Christmas ornaments for a water bottle Christmas...
  • New Yorkers Send Christmas Trees to Troops in the Middle East (This will warm your heart)

    12/14/2005 4:42:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 383+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Dec 14, 2005 | Journalist 2nd Class Cassandra Thompson
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- One thousand Christmas trees arrived in Bahrain Dec. 12 to be delivered to forward-deployed service members in the Middle East. This is the second year in a row that New York businesses and veterans have coordinated with DHL, a worldwide shipping service, to fly Christmas trees to military members in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain. Bill Ashton, DHL assistant local affairs director for the Middle East, said DHL planes routinely fly to Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan delivering letters and gifts to troops in the area. When DHL was approached in 2004 by New York businessman Jim...
  • Freep Poll (Christmas Trees or Holiday Trees)

    12/09/2005 12:08:31 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 24 replies · 446+ views
    Should Christmas trees be called holiday trees? No, they are Christmas trees. Yes, the Nazis tried to replace Christmas with Wintersonnenwende and the Soviets tried with New Year. If foreign socialists can give it a shot so can American ones!! Maybe, but if they do manage to steal Christmas what can they have the Grinch try to steal?
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Christmas won't be stolen at Sloat and 19th {Tree Lot allowed to stay]

    12/07/2005 9:56:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 557+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/7/5 | Suzanne Herel and Cicero Estrella
    San Francisco officials decided Wednesday to keep open a lot that has been used to sell Christmas trees during the holidays for the past 40 years. The five-member Board of Appeals unanimously voted to turn down resident Monio Pilpel's appeal of city permits that allow Cyril Hackett and his family to sell trees at the corner of Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue before Christmas. Hackett's popular lot is also transformed into a pumpkin patch around Halloween. The case drew an emotional standing-room crowd to City Hall, with most supporting Hackett's claim that the lot is a city "tradition." Hackett will...
  • S.F. panel to decide fate of Christmas tree lot

    12/07/2005 3:24:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1,010+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/7/5 | Suzanne Herel
    SAN FRANCISCO -- City officials are set to decide tonight whether to shut down a lot that has been used to sell Christmas trees during the holidays for the past 40 years. The Board of Appeals, which meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall, will take up resident Monio Pilpel's appeal of city permits that allow Cyril Hackett and his family to sell trees at the corner of Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue before Christmas, and to transform the spot into a pumpkin patch around Halloween. Pilpel has complained that during the eight months of the year the lot isn't...
  • Growers Donate Christmas Trees to Troops

    12/06/2005 7:08:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 295+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Dec 6, 2005 | Dorcas Taylor
    WASHINGTON Maryland Christmas tree farmers are combining savvy marketing with a bit of holiday cheer this year by donating some of their Christmas trees to U.S. military bases.----
  • Jewish National Fund: Christmas Trees for Foreign Press

    12/04/2005 5:14:05 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 246+ views
    IMRA ^ | 12-4-05
    Jewish National Fund: Christmas Trees for Foreign Press 4/12/2005 ref: do - 2613 To: Members of the Foreign Press From: Orly Doron, Spokesperson - The Jewish National Fund Dear friends, Re: Christmas Trees As has become our custom, Jewish National Fund will be pleased to distribute Christmas trees that have been thinned out from its forests to its Christian friends and members of the Foreign Press. The procedure of thinning out of the forests this time of year is part of the regular curriculum in the Jewish National Fund forests. Trees can be picked up from our Givat Yeshayahu Nursery...
  • Lowe's listens: 'Christmas trees' Chain dumps 'holiday' reference after WND report, complaints

    12/01/2005 4:56:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 895+ views
    HOLIDAY BLUESLowe's listens: 'Christmas trees' Chain dumps 'holiday' reference after WND report, complaints One day after a WorldNetDaily story brought national exposure, the home-improvement retailer Lowe's dropped references to "Holiday Trees" in favor of "Christmas Trees" only. As WND reported, a Lowe's store in Austin, Texas, featured a banner that referred in English to "Holiday Trees" but in Spanish said "Christmas Trees." The American Family Association says its supporters contacted Lowe's to express their displeasure. The company responded in a statement: "To ensure consistency of our message and to avoid confusion among our customers, we are now referring to the...
  • Tradition trumps inclusiveness, It's a Christmas tree

    11/29/2005 1:20:45 PM PST · by Pikamax · 27 replies · 839+ views
    ottawacitizen ^ | 11/29/05 | ottawacitizen
    Tradition trumps inclusiveness It's a Christmas tree Joanne Laucius The Ottawa Citizen Tuesday, November 29, 2005 Rideau Hall performed a rapid about-face on the name of its seasonal evergreen yesterday after a staff member called it a "holiday tree" in a CBC interview. "At Rideau Hall, we will be putting up a holiday tree as we find it reflects the traditions of many cultures, and it is inclusive," Rideau Hall spokeswoman Lucie Brosseau said. Not so fast. Soon after, in response to a query from the Citizen, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean's spokesman said there had been a mistake. It was...
  • LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT STORES - all stores now use the term "Christmas Trees" (tell us your stories)

    11/29/2005 9:41:21 AM PST · by doug from upland · 207 replies · 5,276+ views
    Lowes Corporate HQ | 11-29-05 | dfu
    There have been reports from around the country about stores being afraid to say "Merry Christmas" and using the term "Holiday Trees" rather than "Christmas trees." One giant retailer has solved the problem. Lowes home improvement stores caused a controversy with a sign in their parking lot advertising Christmas trees in Spanish and Holiday trees in English. A Tulsa, OK radio station outed the local Lowes in Tulsa. According to a woman with whom I just spoke at Lowes customer service HQ, the controversy has been solved. She told me that they were called Christmas trees inside the store. They...
  • Mexico curbs Christmas tree bugs (controls on imports of US Christmas trees)

    11/28/2005 6:12:34 AM PST · by Cagey · 9 replies · 363+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-27-2005 | Claire Marshall
    Mexico has strengthened controls on imports of US and Canadian Christmas trees to avoid foreign plant bugs, Mexican environmental officials say. More than 100 agents are to be posted along the US-Mexico border. This time, rather than US officials trying to stop Mexican migrants heading north, it is Mexican agents who are stopping illegals from coming south. But these are no ordinary immigrants - they are insects carried on branches of Christmas trees for the festive season. The hunt will be focused on gipsy moths and pine shoot beetles, as they can cause the most severe damage. This crackdown comes...