Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Xmas 3
Give me strength. The city of Brussels in Belgium has chosen to dispense with the traditional Christmas tree in favour of a weird construction of steel boxes called the Xmas 3. What is this thing? Some sort of bizarre homage to the commercialization of the so-called Holiday Season? No one seems to know and there are as many reasons given for the shift as there are city officials.
The legend tells us that Martin Luther saw stars twinkling through the boughs of an evergreen tree and sought to replicate its beauty with candles. It is also suggested that the Christmas tree is a Christian appropriation of the sacred trees of the pagan tradition in Europe. Who knows.
There has been plenty of angry reaction to Xmas 3 and it will be interesting to see if it reappears next year, despite the assurances that this quasi-Lego construct is not meant to demean or usurp Christmas.
What do you think of this? Do you associate Christmas trees with the Christian tradition? Are you okay with them in public places even if they are "Christian?"
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