Holiday Tree or Christmas Tree?

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO -- The City of Reno is dubbing its downtown tree a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree." The designation has triggered a debate about whether it's too politically correct, or a reasonable action in order to be more inclusive.

"We put it up to celebrate Christmas I think that's what it should be called I don't think a lot of people mind that," a resident of Reno said.

Creative services manager for the City of Reno, Sharon Spangler, said the 'holiday tree' designation has existed for years.

"The City of Reno calls the tree a 'holiday tree,' we really want to be inclusive, we want to be respectful of everyone's beliefs and their forms of celebration," Spangler said.

While the 'holiday tree' is nothing new, this year it's also decorated with blue and white symbolizing the University of Nevada, Reno. Additionally, this is the first living tree for the City of Reno -- it was planted instead of cut down.

The holiday tree lighting ceremony will be Tuesday at 5 p.m. in downtown. The ice rink is also scheduled to open. Spangler said there would be a figure skating performance, and those bringing new mittens, scarves or gloves to donate to the Salvation Army get to skate for free.

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