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'Holiday Village'- What Is this Madness? ***UPDATE!!!*****

****Mayor Santa: Nutter puts 'Christmas' back in village ******
After two days of controversy that grew to national proportions, Mayor Nutter says the word 'Christmas' will be restored to the arch that welcomed visitors to a German-style Christmas market outside City Hall.

Philadelphia: City Has “Christmas Village” Renamed “Holiday Village” After Receiving Complaints…

It’s that season again, which means that for the third year in a row, the German Christmas Village has set up a cozy collection of wooden booths and tree vendors in Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall.

But a few shoppers noticed something amiss yesterday on the tall metal archways signaling the entrances to the shops. The archways had just one word on top – “Village.”

Sounds festive, eh?

It turns out that the letters spelling “Christmas” were removed yesterday afternoon from the archways on the north and west sides of the plaza, at the request of Managing Director Richard Negrin. They will be replaced with the word “Holiday.”

City spokesman Mark McDonald said Negrin asked for the change after the city received complaints from workers and residents.

“As a city of great diversity, one shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a difference of views when it comes to symbols and words,” McDonald said.

MORE:  www. philly. com/philly/news/20101130_Let_s_call_it_the_German__Holiday__Village.html

Answer Question

Asked by SavageGrl at 11:10 AM on Dec. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (47)
  • And what's the problem with this?

    Answer by ballewal at 11:12 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Well it certainly doesnt take Christ out... He still lives not because of a word but because Christians have Him in their heart! So they can use Holiday all they want... Ironically it reminds me of a christian fiction I read about this kind of thing happening and Christmas no longer celebrated and if you did... you were caught then you were jailed and what not. Interesting book... not too farfetched either!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:15 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • That's dumb. If someone put up Kwanza signs, would the city make them take it down? No, because that would be bigotry in some way. Let people celebrate the way they want.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 11:19 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Thanks Shaneangle, I might have to read that book. Sounds very Gestapo.


    Those who fail to learn from history, tend to repeat it. So they say.


    Comment by SavageGrl (original poster) at 11:19 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • I think its great that they're including all faiths during a time of year we should be expressing love and gratitude for our fellow man. Granted, that should happen year round but I'm failing to see a problem with this.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:22 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Since the village in question is specifically German, and as German traditions are the source of many of America's Christmas traditions, it does seem ridiculous to rename it.


    Answer by TikiWiki33 at 11:24 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Boycott. The few rule the many in this country.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:27 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Seriuosly...who gives a shit what it's called?

    Boo on the initial complainers and well as subsequent complainers.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 11:30 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • Seems a little silly. I don't see how having a Christmas Village excludes people of other faiths unless they are prohibited from having their own Villages.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 11:30 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • nothing wrong with Holiday Village. America is a 'melting pot" a country with many different nationalities and religions so we should include everyone:hence, the word "holiday".

    Answer by kerp1960 at 11:31 AM on Dec. 1, 2010

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