A few days ago, this happened:
Then, yesterday evening, this happened: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."
Christmas is back.
Mayor Nutter, after sustaining two days of controversy, wants "Christmas" back up on the signs at the entrance to the German Christmas Village at City Hall. Nutter told PhillyClout he spoke with the village organizer and the sign should be back up by tomorrow.
Nutter said the decision came after "personal reflection" on the matter.
"We are an international, multi-ethnic, multi-faith city," Nutter said. "I took some time to step back from all of this to think about it in a larger context."
Nutter, who said he had nothing to do with the orignal conversations with the organizer that lead to the letters being removed, downplayed how much impact the national news coverage had on the decision. Nutter said that he felt the village was not necessarily a religious site.
"The Christmas Village is not a religious service. It's an outdoor fair. It's a very commercial enterprise," Nutter said.
It may not be a complete win with the kind of backhanded "commercial enterprise" comments but at least they aren't bowing to public pressure over this.
The funny part is, tonight City Hall lit the City Hall Christmas Tree. Nobody seems to complain about that every year but a street fair called the "Christmas Village" is a problem?
Either way, good on you Mayor Nutter for using sane and rational thought to end the stupidity.
Now, what I wanna know is, when are we gettin' a Festivus Village? I got some grievances to air!