Councilwoman sets sights on restoring 'Christmas' sign

A crew removes the word "Christmas" from the sign at Dilworth Plaza on Monday. (Vance Lehmkuhl / Staff Photographer)

City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski is making it her business to save Christmas.

The C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S letters, that is, that were removed from City Hall's "Christmas Village" sign at Dilworth Plaza following complaints lodged with the administration from city workers and residents.

News stories about the shortened sign, including this one in the Philadelphia Inquirer, generated anger that reached Krajewski last night at the Dining Car diner in her Northeast Philadelphia district. Enough was enough, she decided.

Krajewski on Thursday is introducing a resolution "calling on the city of Philadelphia to remember and respect its citizens that do celebrate Christmas." The councilwoman knows she has no authority to make the city reinstall those nine letters to the sign, but she has a point to make nonetheless.


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As of early this afternoon, four councilmembers had signed on: Brian O'Neill, Frank Rizzo, Bill Green and Jack Kelly.

Penned by Krajewski's spokesperson, Patty Pat Koslowski, the resolution is a Christmas tale in and of itself.

Read on:

Whereas, T’was a month before Christmas, and all through our City, the Christmas spirit was being censored, it was quite a pity; and

Whereas, The lines were out the door for Macy’s Christmas Light Show, with over 65,000 lights-who wants that bill from Peco?

Whereas, In Dilworth Plaza, the City plans their 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, however something wasn’t right in the political correctness calibration, and

Whereas, It seems complaints forced the word “Christmas” to be removed from public view, because the birth of Christ, offended a few, and

Whereas, No thought was given to the 2.1 billion Christians in the World who celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, because it’s the few who complain that we have to remember,

Whereas, No prayer in schools and “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You” is prohibited, forget a Nativity Scene and the Ten Commandments can’t be exhibited, and

Whereas, Maybe we have to celebrate Christmas in secret, so we don’t get condemned, stop showing our faith, because we must not offend,

Whereas, Center City was decorated for Christmas with boughs of holly and lights, as businesses braced for the Black Friday retail fistfights,

Whereas, And on the apron of City Hall, in the shadow of the German Christmas Village, the meaning of Christmas, was being attacked and pillaged,

Whereas, Even though vendors sold Christmas Trees and Christmas stockings, Christmas ornaments and Christmas music played, the simple word “Christmas” could not be displayed, and

Whereas, For the Christians in Philly who felt shock but took this in strife, we don’t need an illuminated sign to celebrate the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ., and

Whereas, For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, you’re entitled to your rant, but in 1870 it was designated a federal holiday by Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Whereas, In conclusion by disregarding and disrespecting Christians and their most sacred holiday -Christmas, there’s a message we must send,

Whereas, Do what you must, but you can’t take the Christ out of “Christmas”, Amen.

And now therefore be it, Resolved by the City Council of Philadelphia, That Christmas be celebrated and respected, honored, recognized and remembered by the City of Philadelphia. 

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