Anyone see a Christmas tree around here?
Re: Letter, “Anyone see a menorah around here?” T&V, Dec. 1
Last week Ms. Susan Schoenbaum wrote to comment on how the Stuyvesant Town menorah seemed small compared to the large Christmas tree and related Christmas decorations. While Chanukah and Christmas are both joyful celebrations that deserve recognition a difference in scale is to be expected given the large number of people celebrating Christmas in relation to Chanukah and that Christmas is a major Christian holiday while Chanukah is not a high holy day. But sadly when Ms. Schoenbaum discusses the Stuyvesant Town Christmas tree and Christmas decorations she is mistaken.
For inexplicable reasons Rose Associates, the Stuyvesant Town management company, censors Christmas. If you check the websites, brochures, marketing, etc. there is only mention of a “Tree” and a “Tree lighting ceremony” and “holiday” decorations. In the Oval “holiday trees” are for sale. There is no longer a nativity scene to be found. Apparently to avoid offending people who are intolerant of Christian holidays, the word “Christmas” is verboten. Continue reading