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Letter: Why can’t Christmas tree be called Christmas tree?

Why can’t Christmas tree be called Christmas tree?

I was pleased to see the “topping off” of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the picture that accompanied the Dec. 8 News article. It certainly marks a major milestone in the development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

I was not pleased to read Kaleida spokesman Michael Hughes’ explanation about the tree attached to the beam. Where have we come as a country and a community when a spokesman has to bend over backward to assure all that the tree raised on the beam “is not to celebrate Christmas”? It just happens to be what is commonly known as a Christmas tree, and it just happens to be raised in the month of December.

Hughes clarified to the crowd that the tree “symbolizes hope.” Well, sir, nothing symbolizes hope like the peace, joy and love of the Christmas season. Merry Christmas!

Robert J. Schreck