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Elk Grove City Council OKs "Christmas" Trees

ELK GROVE (CBS13) – Residents of Elk Grove can officially have "Christmas" trees again.

Six years ago, the city started referring to the "holiday" season in its publications.  But this year, at least one citizen thought the change had gone too far.

Elk Grove resident Liz Stefanik asked her council member to change it back to Christmas after getting a flyer about recycling her "holiday" tree.

Wednesday night, the Elk Grove City Council debated whether to keep calling them "holiday" trees or go back to "Christmas" trees and all agreed Christmas is the way to go.

"I know what I celebrate, I know what I believe in.  I don't begrudge other people from celebrating what they believe in," said Elk Grove Councilmember Patrick Hume.  "If we want to put in our newsletter how to recycle Menorah wax or Festivus poles then that's fine.  Let's do that too."

The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes the decoration as secular, so Elk Grove won't get in trouble for going back to calling it a Christmas tree.

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