Last week, Philadelphia celebrated its annual tree lighting event to usher in the holiday season. The night was anything but silent as hundreds of people joyously gathered to witness the city light up its Christmas tree, even if the bells were jingling and the halls were decorated. Almost all of the elements of a tree-lighting ritual were present at the occasion, with the exception of one crucial element: naming the tree a Christmas tree. Officials from the city of Philadelphia eventually settled on dubbing it a “Christmas tree.” The event was referred to as the “City of Philadelphia Holiday Tree…
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