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Christmas Trees Banned At UNC-Chapel Hill Main Libraries – “Associate provost Sarah Michalak decided against the trees. Michalak said she eliminated the displays after getting questions and complaints from employees and library users about the Christian display.”

5 Responses to “Christmas Trees Banned At UNC-Chapel Hill Main Libraries”

  1. Auntie Nanuuq
    December 5, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    “Both setting up and taking down a Christmas tree are done on specific dates. In Europe, when the practice of setting up evergreen trees originated in pagan times, the practice was associated with the Winter Solstice, around December 21.[6] Tree decoration was later adopted into Christian practice after the Church set December 25 as the birth of Christ, thereby supplanting the pagan celebration of the solstice.”

    I understand her concern, not being “christian” myself, and even agree. I know at times particular holidays do get to be a bit overdone, the way they are crammed down our throats as if there is only one religion and one set of holidays to celebrate… However, when the spirit moves me, I do enjoy my solstice tree and lights.

    Mi Takuye Oyacin

  2. Ellen
    December 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    Poor Sarah Michalak. What a decision to make! I applaud her sensitivity to employee concerns.

  3. Leigh
    December 6, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Everyone is so upset by the infliction of horrible things like Christmas trees and decorations on their delicate sensibilities, but I don’t see anyone who’s so upset by it that they’re campaigning to work over the holiday or to keep the schools open. They are closed because of Christmas, you know. It all reminds me of listening to a twit lecture a bunch of people years back while they were trying to enjoy a dinner out with the family about how they were killing defenseless little animals and it had to be pointed out that the twit was wearing leather shoes. Get on, get off, or shut up.

  4. Ian
    December 8, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Wasn’t the Christmas tree originally frowned upon by the Church as a pagan emblem?

  5. Cynthia Bieghler
    December 9, 2008 at 11:26 am #

    A Christmas Tree stands for Family, most families here in the United State have decorations that are made by thier own children, or pictures of children or family members. In Truth a Christmas Tree can stand for whatever a person wants it to.
    It’s time those who are so call ” offended” to get over it. I’m offended that Sarah Michalak, couldn’t point this out, Christmas is what you make it to be, so get over it! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, God Bless!

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