Never mind that this country was founded on Christian principals, that Thanksgiving and Santa Claus (aka St. Nicholas) are rooted in Christian tradition and that Christmas itself has been celebrated in the United States since colonial times.
Philadelphia, "The City of Brotherly Love," birthplace of the American Revolution, which served as the nation's temporary capital, is the latest to join the growing frenzy. A German-style Christmas Village, that has been co-sponsored by City Hall for the last couple of years, has been renamed, Holiday Village.
An article on Philly.Com states:
It's that season again, which means that for the third year in a row, the German Christmas Village has set up a cozy collection of wooden booths and tree vendors in Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall.Our Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves...
But a few shoppers noticed something amiss yesterday on the tall metal archways signaling the entrances to the shops. The archways had just one word on top - "Village."
Sounds festive, eh?
It turns out that the letters spelling "Christmas" were removed yesterday afternoon from the archways on the north and west sides of the plaza, at the request of Managing Director Richard Negrin. They will be replaced with the word "Holiday."