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What's in a name?

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on November 23, 2005 at 9:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:34 PM

I knew Oregonians were serious about their trees, but this is getting out of hand.

Workers are busy assembling the HOLIDAY tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square, and it seems there is some confusion - or dare I say - outrage, over what we call it.

After all, 'tis the season of giving - and a number of you have been giving us your opinion on this. Emailers pronounce, "It's not a HOLIDAY tree, it's a #$%&$! CHRISTMAS tree!"

Not to pass the buck, but we don't really have a say in it. The folks at Pioneer Courthouse Square run that show, and they want it to be called a HOLIDAY tree. I'm guessing if they wanted to call it a HANUKKAH BUSH, that's what we'd say.

Or perhaps in honor of Seinfeld, they could call it a FESTIVUS POLE. Ah, yes - that oft forgotten and much maligned celebration on December 23rd, which provides "A festivus - for the rest of us." An aluminum pole is used in lieu of a tree, and celebrants take part in an "Airing of Grievances" to allow participants to vent their hostilities toward each other.

Sure, it's the politically correct thing to do - but so what? People celebrate all sorts of holidays in December, why not make it a party for everyone? We say "Happy Hanukkah" during the Jewish holiday, "Merry Christmas" during the Christian holiday, and "Eat Dirt" on Festivus. It's the HOLIDAY season, so why not call it a HOLIDAY tree? I'm surprised it seems to bother so many people.

Whatever they call it -- they'll light it up Friday night. And we'll cover it live. For those of you who object, you'll have a chance to air your grievances on December 23rd.

Joe Donlon