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How did we go from Christmas tree to holiday tree?

Have you ever wondered how Lake Oswego’s beloved sequoia Christmas tree, in the Safeway parking lot, became a holiday tree? Let me tell you.Oliphant

I was elected president of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce three times. During each term I had the honor of kicking off the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. During my first two terms there was no pressure to call this amazing, beautifully decorated tree a holiday tree.

Things certainly changed during my third term. As I approached the stage, then-chamber executive Chris Hoffman whispered in my ear, saying “the mayor wants you to refer to the tree as a holiday tree.”

I couldn’t abide by the mayor’s wishes. The following year the tree was referred to as a holiday tree. From then on the word “Christmas” started disappearing from Lake Oswego.”Bah Humbug.”

It’s interesting to note that the White House tree and the beautiful tree at Rockefeller Center are called Christmas trees, as are trees in most state capitals.

What motivates Lake Oswego to turn its back on this beloved Christmas holiday?

If you would like this amazing tree referred to as a Christmas tree during December, please share your thoughts with our mayor and city council. Go to ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil

Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and wonderful new year.

Doug Oliphant, Lake Oswego, is past president of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, Lake Oswego Adult Center Foundation, Lake Oswego Corporation and founder of the flower basket program.

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