Mount Sinai Gets ‘Christmas’ Back

MOUNT SINAI, NY (CBSNewYork) – The holiday tree in Mount Sinai will once again be called the Christmas tree, beginning next year.

Last week, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs and CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano reported on the controversy over changing the name to “holiday.”

The holiday tree lighting has been a tradition in Mount Sinai since 1996, and it’s always been called just that.

“A Christmas tree is a Christmas tree,” said David Black of Port Jefferson Station. “I want it to be called a Christmas tree. Yes, that’s what it is!”

“Christmas is for everybody,” a man told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

At last night’s lighting ceremony in Heritage Park, the Heritage Trust, the group in charge of it, announced that 80 percent of the people it surveyed wanted the tree to go back to being called a Christmas tree.

What do you think? Should they be called holiday trees or Christmas trees? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Candace Gonzalez-Donin

    Merry Christmas!!!

  • don

    The Tree Lighting was extra special this year. Thank You Mount Sinai Heritage Center for listening to the community and allowing us to rename the Holiday Tree to a Christmas tree!

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Gary

    Finally, we are getting back to common sense. The word Christmas should not offend anyone, believer or not.

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