The cancel culture GRINCH strikes early this year! This time it is the annual Christmas tree lighting in Durham, New Hampshire, that has been canceled after someone complained about it.
The event used to be called the “Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony” and now it will be called the “Frost Fest” – and it won’t include the tree lighting as usual. To make things a bit more weird, they will still have a visit from Santa Claus, but he won’t be arriving in a firetruck like he usually does – something I do not quite understand. They canceled the tree lighting, but still have Santa, so none of this makes any sense at all.
Another part of Christmas that this town council has decided to remove is the wreaths they used to place on the top of lamp posts. Unsure how that’s hurting anyone, other than looking too festive for the Grinches out there, but like everything else in cancel culture – it makes no sense whatsoever.
CBS Local in Boston reported:
Town Councilor Sally Tobias says the changes came about after some controversy last holiday season. “There was another private citizen that came forward and said that he had always had a problem with the Christmas tree, as he called it,” Tobias said.
After holding a public meeting, the town formed a working committee and made changes to the event.
“There were a couple of people that did express some concerns about how they felt being included,” Tobias said.
When only a ‘couple of people’ are mad about something, that’s no reason to cancel an event for everyone else who loves it. Once again, the cancel culture strikes and only satisfies the minority, while the majority are the ones who then lose out on something they love.
The people who respond to these type of complaints could simply tell that “couple of people” to stay home for the night or go celebrate their “winter holiday” somewhere else, because Christmas is here to stay.
The CBS Local article received some feedback from a Jewish Rabbi who did NOT support the changes. In fact, they stated that removing the tree lighting event was un-American. Both Christmas and Hanukkah are widely accepted and celebrated in the winter months. Many families celebrate both and everyone has a wonderful time
Rabbi Berel Slavaticki of the University of New Hampshire and Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center feels the changes are a move in the wrong direction.
“To stop cultures and faiths from practicing publicly would be very un-American. I think that’s the beauty of our country,” Slavaticki said.
Slavaticki said he asked the town to display a Menorah during the eight days of Hanukkah last year but his request was denied.
“The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that the Menorah and the Christmas tree both represent the holiday winter season,” Slavaticki said.
It seems like the people running Durham are really ruining the holidays for everyone. There must be a handful of solemn Grinches running the show up there.
Maybe someone should invite them over for the holidays so they can feel the warmth and love surrounded by people who care.
It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate as long as you’re surrounded by good people who mean the world to you.
But seriously – we need to tell these city councils to grow some jingle balls and stop canceling our Christmas!