Monday, July 6, 2015

He's no Holiday. Christmas gets to keep his name

With the emergency controversy over the naming of the Christmas Village outside City Hall resolved on Wednesday, by Thursday morning, City Council didn't have much to say about the issue. That was until Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell stepped forward with an act of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa kindness.

He's no Holiday. Christmas gets to keep his name

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With the emergency controversy over the naming of the Christmas Village outside City Hall resolved on Wednesday, by Thursday morning, City Council didn't have much to say about the issue. That was until Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell stepped forward with an act of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa kindness.

In deference to Mayor Nutter declaring that the Christmas Village would not have to change its name to "Holiday Village," Blackwell declared that her chief counsel, John Christmas, would not be required to change his surname, even at the risk of offending various religious groups, atheists and agnostics.

"We're also glad that we can continue to call John Christmas...'John Christmas' and not 'John Holiday,'" Blackwell pronounced, to wild applause.

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