Scene in Edmonds: Finishing touches on the holiday tree

City of Edmonds crews place the ornaments on the holiday tree Thursday morning in downtown Edmonds. The tree, located in Centennial Plaza at 5th and Bell, will be officially lit during the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce-sponsored tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 26. Learn more about that event here.

— Photo by Teresa Wippel

  1. I too mistook the holiday tree for a Christmas tree. I thought that the Season was a celebration of Christ’s birth.

  2. I’m glad that as a city we see the value of getting together in the town square to celebrate the holiday season inclusively. This is a fun way to celebrate with our Edmonds neighbors from diverse backgrounds.

    1. The people from “diverse backgrounds” have their own holidays which they do not change to suite the majority culture of Edmonds. Its ok if most of us celebrate Christmas and have Christmas trees. Stop trying to make everything inclusive.

      1. Since it’s the CITY’S dime and dollar we’re spending on this event, I’ll take an inclusive holiday celebrating a tree and some fun singing songs over whatever your perception might be about WWJD … every day of the week. I hope you enjoy the holidays.

        1. Well said in both your comments, Matthew. I’m kinda thinking Jesus would go for inclusivity…..

        2. Matthew the city is funded by the tax payers. The tax payers who are Christian’s deserve to have their holiday honored. This is the biggest Christian Holiday of the year The celebration of our Savior Jesus Christ. Let not Change was doesn’t need to change. The City can be inclusive by honoring all separately.

  3. There is no Holiday Tree. There is a Christmas Tree. If you want to call a wreath a holiday wreath that would be more fitting. I am happy to say happy holidays to all my friends and neighbors but the tree decorated is a Christmas tree. No we don’t change a CHRISTMAS TRADITION because you have another faith. If the City would like to put something up to honor any other tradition do so! We can all celebrate but please leave the CHRISTMAS tree Alone! Thank you and God Bless all!

  4. Personally I believe in the concepts of freedom and justice for all and the golden rule as, according to common belief, was first stated by Jesus long before there was a “Christmas” Holiday as celebrated all over the World every year. In other words, if we really live in a free and open society, anyone can call the tree anything they choose. We just aren’t free to tell other people what they MUST call the tree. We can certainly tell other folks what we want them to call the tree, but they are equally free to tell us they will call it whatever they want. Any other approach to this is not freedom of speech and/or religion; it is theocracy and Authoritarianism; which, in my opinion, we should avoid for the good of all in a truly free and open society. Of course, if it’s a native cedar tree, our Indigenous citizens might prefer to call it the tree of life (as their ancestors experienced it for shelter, transportation, clothing and symbolism of their culture in general). Until, non-indigenous people cut down 99% of them of course.

    1. Ancient Egypt: In the story of “The Eloquent Peasant”, which dates to . 2040–1650 BCE:: “Now this is the command: Do to the doer to make him do.”

      Ancient Greece: “Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.” – Thales (c. 624–c. 546 BCE)

      Confucius (551 – 479 BCE) held that if there was one word that could serve as a guide throughout one’s life, it should be “forgiveness.” He said: “Do not do to others what you don’t want to be done to you.”

      You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. — Leviticus 19:18

      Of course, the enlightened politics of our era have a version too – Do unto others before they have a chance to do unto you.

  5. I did a report on Christmas trees in high school. Martin Luther is widely credited with popularizing lighted trees to celebrate the season. He added candles to his tree to mirror the stars in the sky, contrasting against the evergreens, which is a beautiful idea in theory. I wonder about it tangibly because of stringing wood with fire, but that’s neither here nor there. These comments got me thinking, so I did a little light Googling and saw this in an article from history.com: “…as late as the 1840s, Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.”

    Also, this: “Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries, it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.”

    We can all call it what we want. What matters is togetherness and celebrating the magic of the season.

  6. Just find a reason to reach out to the people next to you, extend some kindness and understanding during the “Holiday Season”, be generous of spirit, and don’t get too hung up on “whose holiday” it is. We are all in this mess together, so (try to) find a reason to lighten up and to celebrate the fact that we are here as one.

    We can all go back to despising each other in January ….

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