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We must admit we miss the old Christmas Tree

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2008 at 10:55 pm





Good intentions gone wrong? Whats your thoughts ? Do you think its hurt holiday foot traffic ?
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  1. Whats your thoughts ?

    It’s just the nattering nabobs of negativsm once again making much ado about nothing.

  2. 702 when they stop you from celebrating your holiday MAY DAY then you can talk the ass kiss bull you want lol

  3. Destroying Christmas and ruining a Village tradition that EVERYONE LOVED is a very serious matter…

  4. scared of free speech 702 or just a brown nose coward

  5. this is a big disapointment PJ my kids always looked forward o the tree lighting in own its all very sad and another signof the ghetto-ization of this town ….

  6. Very disappointing. Badly presented. We miss the old Christmas tree and can’t see the new one. And what in the world is hanging on it? Better luck next year.

  7. I am still trying to figure out how they added other holidays to the tree. Why can’t we celebrate diversity? Why do we need to homogenize everything?

  8. It’s a tree…

  9. its a CHRISTMAS TREE dont like it get your own holiday dont junk up mine

  10. guess we wont need extra parking after all

  11. garbage on a tree in new jersey very fitting

  12. no offense to anyone but there is no way a non christian can understand the significance of Christmas

  13. The location of the tree isn’t a big deal and the tree lighting ceremony can certainly be improved to work at Van Nest Square. But, Annie’s effort to be “green” is a bit much. Her apology/explanation in the RN fell a little short. The bottom line, Annie, is that you were elected to represent the residents. Ridgewood is not your town to do with, as you wish. Give the PC bandwagon a rest. Maybe next year we can enjoy more traditional decorations on our community tree…

  14. Go to the village public council meetings to voice your opinions. Otherwise, your feelings will not be heard. Many people do not read the blog because they feel it is so mean spirited. Letters to the Editor get noticed and public comment. It ain’t easy but when you feel strongly about an issue, it is the best way and you might also get an answer.

  15. Hey, the picture of the tree is the one from Van Neste. If you look closely, you will see the garbage and no red bows.

    How did it get to Garber Square?

  16. The non Christian must be very dense. I can appreciate other religious and non religious traditions. I can even understand how someone could be a non believer.

    Maybe the non believer is not even trying.

  17. The economic downturn hurts the foot traffic in Ridgewood not the Christmas or Hoiday tree!

  18. ” Anonymous said…
    no offense to anyone but there is no way a non christian can understand the significance of Christmas”

    9:05 PM

    I believe that any person who honors or worships a personal deity, no matter what religion they practice, can certainly appreciate the significance of the same in others and if not, they should at least make the attempt.

    As far as the tree is concerned, it may be just a tree to some, but to others it’s a symbol of their faith, hope and renewal of life.

    For our community, it has become a tradition that the residents here have come to look forward to each holiday season. It’s the emotional connection to it that makes it significant and I believe that connection has transcended what one’s personal religious beliefs happen to be. In my humble opinion, of course.

  19. Anonymous said…
    garbage on a tree in new jersey very fitting

    9:04 PM

    Only fitting if that’s what we aspire to.

  20. no offense to anyone but there is no way a non christian can understand the significance of Christmas

    Which is another reason why public funds in a secular society should NOT be used to commemorate the significance of Christmas.

  21. 8:47 –

    It’s a national holiday.
    Get over it.

  22. News flash. We were founded on the principals of Christianity. We are a Christian nation.

    There is nothing in the Constitution that demands “separation of church and state.” That is phrase was made up propaganda by the ACLU. The Constitution says that the state shall not establish a religion.

  23. That is phrase was made up propaganda by the ACLU.

    Do you pseudo-intellectuals read *any* history? Or just carefully-selected propaganda?

    “…thus building a wall of separation between church and state” — President Thomas Jefferson, 1802

  24. Jefferson had many opinions that didn’t make it into our Constitution. Thus “building a wall of separation…” was meant to protect religion from those given power through the electorate to Lord over us. THEY WERE NEVER GIVEN THE POWER TO TAKE AWAY OUR RELIGION FROM BEING PRACTICED PUBLICLY.

    Those who do this today are the elected and unelected secularists among us. They fundamentally hate the power of religious beliefs to shape public opinion. They follow in the footsteps of socialists and communists who have banished God from the lives of the people they govern — out of cowardice and a thirst for undiluted power.

  25. Unless Jefferson was a member of the ACLU, the statement that “a wall of separation between church and state” was made up by the ACLU is factually incorrect.

    Any grade-school student would know this basic historical fact.

  26. I thought Jefferson owned a dry cleaning business with his wife Weezy and son Lionel.

  27. Separation of church and state is not in the Constitution. It is repeated by the ACLU types as fact but that does not make it so.

    The founders deliberately excluded Jefferson’s words for precisely the reason the secular progressives try to use them.

    So, 11:09 get your grade school history facts straight.

  28. My post at 11:09 was 100% correct.

    The glaring error in this thread was 9:19 claim that the “phrase was made up propaganda by the ACLU.”

    9:19’s claim that “(w)e are a Christian nation” is also incorrect. We are a republican democracy. By contrast, Vatican City is a Christian nation.

  29. It is made up propaganda by the ACLU and its Upper West Side comrades.

    Just because Jefferson uttered it, doesn’t make it so.

    And if we weren’t a Christian nation, founded on Christian beliefs, how come Christmas is a National Holiday?

    And for that matter, Easter too? You know the day, its the day that the Judean High Priests decided to kill their renegade rabbi who had so embarrassed them for changing money in the Temple.

  30. If we we’re a Christian nation, how come “Christian” and “Christ” are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution?

    The Vatican City mentions Christianity in its organizing documents.

    Israel mentions Judaism in its governing documents.

    Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia mention Islam in their governing documents.

    So why isn’t “Christianity” mentioned in the Constitution, if we’re a Christian nation?

    This “Christian nation” talk sounds like a nutty theocratic fantasy you’re having.

  31. 11:25

    Can you please continue to post? I read your somment about the Jeffersons and almost fell off my barstool.

    Long live the humorists among us…

  32. Anonymous said…
    If we we’re a Christian nation, how come “Christian” and “Christ” are not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution?

    While I think that it’s safe to say that Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in this Country, given the degree of diversity of the population, I don’t believe that any religion can declare the entire country theirs.

  33. You are being stupid now. You know as well as any of us that the founding fathers ALL believed in Christ, spoke of their religion and went so far as to enshrine the words, “endowed by our creator with…”

    “Creator” means GOD, the God of Christianity.

    Duh.

  34. 9:54 Anonymous
    The fonding fathers even wanted to establish a day of national prayer, and were told by various religious leaders to butt out. It makes no sense in a country where people immigrated for religious reasons, to take religion off the table. The separation is so that the government does not trample on religion, not viceversa.

    Furthermore, Christmas was picked as a national holiday. Not Tree day, not Santa day, not easter Bunny day. Christmas, which is the second most important Christian Holy Day…obviously, they couldn’t have wanted to get rid of religion so badly.

  35. well they tryed.

  36. i remember when we used to be realy proud of this town

  37. Furthermore, Christmas was picked as a national holiday. Not Tree day, not Santa day, not easter Bunny day. Christmas, which is the second most important Christian Holy Day

    If we’re a Christian Nation, then why wasn’t the MOST important Christian holy day set established as a national holiday?

    Vatican City celebrates Easter as a holiday.

    Israel celebrates Yom Kippur as a holiday.

    Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia celebrate Eid al-Ad’ha as a holiday.

    Your thickheadness makes you unable to distinguish between a “Christian Nation” and a “Republican Democracy Founded by Christians”.

  38. pics of last years tree is a reminder of when the village still had balls

  39. Anonymous said…
    pics of last years tree is a reminder of when the village still had balls

    8:56 AM

    Oh, that is just too funny!

  40. tracy i wish it was

  41. Anonymous said…
    tracy i wish it was

    9:06 AM

    Your choice of words was wonderful!

    I do agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment behind it.

  42. pics of last years tree is a reminder of when the village still had balls

    Is that a candycane in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

    😉

  43. I remember the first time I witnessed the tree lighting ceremony in Ridgewood. I felt like I was on a movie set.. so magical it brought back the spirit of giving within me after years my family stopped celebrating. This year with this sad looking tree, not lite, very small, it ruin this village tradition so many look forward to. I’m not going to let this ruin my holiday… but I do feel this great sadness within.

  44. Maybe we should remember the tree is a symbol of Christmas. The birth of Christ. Born in a manger, around common barn animals. There was nothing extraordinary about it’s location or surroundings. When you think about it logically don’t you think the manger was messy, dirty and smelly? Yet on that day at that very simple place a miracle occurred. Maybe we should try looking at the tree and its ornaments as a very simple symbol of a holiday that started in a very simple way.

  45. Anonymous said…
    Maybe we should remember the tree is a symbol of Christmas. The birth of Christ. Born in a manger, around common barn animals. There was nothing extraordinary about it’s location or surroundings. When you think about it logically don’t you think the manger was messy, dirty and smelly? Yet on that day at that very simple place a miracle occurred. Maybe we should try looking at the tree and its ornaments as a very simple symbol of a holiday that started in a very simple way.

    12:04 AM

    Just beautiful!

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