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Robbinsville, New Jersey has traditionally held its Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony annually. However, the town became the center of attention when people were unhappy with the event being called, the “Christmas” Tree Lighting and decided to name it “Holiday” Tree Lighting Special instead. This was in an effort to not offend anyone. The tradition also includes a Menorah lighting as well.

The Mayor of Robbinsville, Dave Fried fired back and decided to go back to calling it “Christmas” tree lighting.

John Gibson, author of “The War on Christmas” thinks Fried a hero. “He is actually paying attention to what the Supreme Court said about this, which is ‘The Christmas tree is not a religious symbol, so put them up wherever you want.’ And if you’re actually going to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, you have to open that public space to other religion, so that was all in line with what the Supreme Court has said about this,” Gibson confirms.

Gibson believes that the reason for anti-Christian spirit today is because of the congestion at the malls. “The people who resent it can’t escape it; they try to fight back in some ways. But it gives you an idea on how people want to force Christmas and Christians out of view, and out of the public square and I think they still do. That’s why you see this stuff going on all round the country, where local authorities just cave in the ACLU wants and what the freedom for organization wants,” he said.

As far as Christmas season starting up early in the year, Gibson doesn’t think it’s worth the hassle. “I start seeing stuff in July, but what are you going to do? It’s such an interval part of our economy; I don’t know that it’s worth fighting over,” he said.

Interestingly, Christmas wasn’t recognized as a federal holiday until President Ulysses Grant declared it one in 1870.

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