Discussion on religion rooted in main hall Christmas tree

The main hall Christmas tree may be small, but its symbolic significance is large.

For many Lincoln students, the chilly month of December not only brings occasional late starts, a touch of snow, and a dash of ice, but also a holiday that many hold dear, Christmas.

In fact, it appears that there is a Christmas tree sitting in Lincoln’s main hall, which is placed there each year for a Sisters of Color fundraiser.

However, not every person celebrates this semi-religious holiday. In fact, for many people, December is more about holidays such as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.

I decided to ask some upperclassmen and a Lincoln alumni their opinions on Lincoln’s tree display and on the Christmas season as a whole:

 

“I understand that it may seem like the majority celebrates Christmas and that’s why they displayed the tree, but in my opinion if they are going to put up a decoration of one religion, even for a fundraiser, they should put up symbols to commemorate all the other holidays of this season. That way no one feels left out.” -Diane Erickson, junior

“Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, because I love the lights, food, and spending time with my family.” –Sarah Kline, junior

“Christmas to me, is one of the happiest times of the year, but not everyone feels that way, and not every Lincoln student celebrates Christmas, that’s why they should symbolize all religions or none of them.” -Jamie Grovom, alumni.

“[Christmas is] an excuse for atheist to get extra presents every year.” -Madeline Sekara, junior

“Stressful until you get there, happy and blissful when it arrives.” -Anna Beller, junior


“Bah Humbug.” -Ryan Thomson, junior

“A time to relax and enjoy family and turn the heat all the way up.” -Jacob Shaver, senior

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