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(Detroit Free Press)   Controversy over city Christmas tree erupts as residents complain that: A) It's officially a "holiday tree", B) It's a waste of taxpayer money, or C) It's made of plastic   (freep.com) divider line 9
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2012-11-19 11:08:20 AM
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2012-11-19 02:58:19 PM
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JackieRabbit: saintstryfe: /grumpy old atheist me loves Christmas in nearly all its permuations and varied modes of celebration
//if your kid can't get within sight of a pine tree lest it set of an allergic reaction that would kill him, then please, slaughter him before he breeds, as to prevent the weakening of the gene pool
///you have a right to exist - you don't have a right to not have itchy eyes and a drippy nose.

So celebrate one of the non-christian festivities. Yule, for example, which is where most of our Christmas traditions come from.

Most kids today don't have allergies. They have underdeveloped immune systems and pussified helicopter parents, who are responsible for the former.


No argument on the second part. Kids don't play.

Well, you see, the reason I love Christmas so well is I grew up celebrating it. It is associated with almost entirely happy memories and feelings. Yule means bupkis to me. Christmas - with all it's tie of pagan ritual, christian meaning, and secular entanglements are what I love, not some arbitrary set of lame proceedings. I love the lights, the cookies, the wrapping, the material part. I love that it makes people sit down and reflect a bit. People choose to be better during this time of year. Be it donating time or money, being nicer to themselves and others. Is there something wrong with enjoying that by itself?

Is it based on a fantasy, ancient proceedings overwhelmed by a monolithic organization? Yes. So what? Can't I love it for what it has become, and can't that have meaning to me, as a consumerist and as an atheist, without giving a whig about the religious aspects?

And beside, in the end, it's a party. It's a party in the darkness - at the bleakest point in the year, when the sun is at its lowest we choose to light candles, string strings of multi-colored "fark you's" to the darkness and say "This blackness shall too end". We do this with our friends, our families, those we care about. It's a celebration of life. If you want it to be a celebration of a life started in a manger, supposedly, 2000 years ago. That's silly, but what the hell, cool. For me, it's my life, now, today. The lives of my friends and family, coworkers and acquiescence. I share Christmas to them, with the hope they get a tiny ray of enjoyment close to what I get out of it. If I can show that, I'm happy.

It's something I'm passionate about.
2012-11-19 05:35:41 PM
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In my city, they pile a bunch of tumbleweed and spray paint it white:
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2012-11-19 02:34:32 PM
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JackieRabbit: Let's see now. The town can use a fake tree every year or they can go cut down a huge old tree that they will send to the chipper in just a few weeks. All this angst over a holiday that almost no one over 10 years of age really likes.


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/grumpy old atheist me loves Christmas in nearly all its permuations and varied modes of celebration
//if your kid can't get within sight of a pine tree lest it set of an allergic reaction that would kill him, then please, slaughter him before he breeds, as to prevent the weakening of the gene pool
///you have a right to exist - you don't have a right to not have itchy eyes and a drippy nose.
2012-11-19 02:30:05 PM
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I would be all in favor of an actual tree if they didn't cut it down so that it dies and ends up in a landfill.
2012-11-19 02:26:08 PM
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The war on Christmas has got to stop. These people who are fighting against it are going to burn in Hell. They need to accept our Savior, He will remove the hate from their hearts.
2012-11-19 01:12:07 PM
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We've had submissions from the Detroit Free Press since I've been on Fark but I still think they're from The Free Republic because of our icon.
2012-11-19 11:33:42 AM
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dj_bigbird: sigdiamond2000: Said Melissa Vedder, 36, of Birmingham: "I think it's horrible, and it's honestly tacky. It's going to be outside. Why would you put a fake tree outside? It's just absolutely ridiculous. I hate buying a fake tree to put inside. The kids have allergies, I have to have a fake tree. But outside? A fake one? I can't even imagine!"

Oh for the love of f*cking God...

Kids are allergic to f*cking Christmas trees now?

Lots of people have pine allergies. It's not uncommon.


No allergy is uncommon any more. People are allergic to electricity meters and photons nowadays, for f*ck's sake.
2012-11-19 11:20:25 AM
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D) all the above
 
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