Gov. Grinch: Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) Claims it is “Traditional” to Call a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree

Guest Post by Mike LaRoche

In an interview with, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.), defending his recent controversial decision to label the Christmas tree that is placed annually in the Rhode Island State House a “holiday tree,” claims that the latter term is actually the more historical and traditional of the two (full article and video at this link).

An excerpt:


“But it’s called a ‘holiday tree,’ correct?” asked

“Yes. Let’s be accurate, now. Let me finish,” said Chafee. “When the holiday season approached, they said what do you want to do in the State House. My instructions were very simple: Do whatever the previous governor did. No more, no less. Just do what they did. And that is what we did.

“And the previous governor called it a holiday’s tree,” said Chafee. “That was the tradition.”

“I don’t know whether it goes back before him, the governor that preceded me, Gov. [Donald] Carcieri [R.]. Some say it goes back to the governor before him, Gov. [Lincoln] Almond [R.],” said Chafee. “But this has been the tradition of Rhode Island. I didn’t change anything.”

Well, of course.  Don’t you remember, as a kid, singing such carols as “O Holiday Tree” while chestnuts roasted on an open fire?

And in other news, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

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