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House Will Not Accept Christmas Ornaments With Religious Themes-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email that says that the White
House sent a letter saying that they will no longer be accepting
ornaments with religious themes for the various Christmas trees that
will decorate the Executive Mansion during the holiday season.
The email also said that White House Christmas trees will now be
called "Holiday Trees."
The Truth: A spokesperson at the White House told
TruthorFiction.com that no such letter came from 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue in Washington DC.
This eRumor may have been sparked in 2009 by a project with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Arizona in connection with the nation's Christmas
tree that is destined for the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
Each year one of the 50 states contributes a huge tree for the occasion. In 2009, the Christmas
tree was an 85-foot blue spruce from the Apache-Sitgreaves
National Forests in Arizona.
As a part of the project, the Forest Service invited elementary
students to send in 5,000 hand-made ornaments for the tree.
The Alliance Defense Fund, which defends religious liberties, said that
initial instructions for the students specified that the ornaments
needed to be 9-12 inches tall, able to endure cold winter weather,
include a loop of wire for hanging, be able to be seen at least 75 feet
away, and could "not reflect religious or political themes."
An outcry of protest resulted and the Forest Service rescinded the
prohibition of religious themes saying that it was a mistake that it was
ever communicated that way
A spokesperson for the Alliance Defense Fund told TruthorFiction.com
that it program organizers that "The First Amendment does not allow
government officials to exclude schoolchildren's ornaments for the
capitol's Christmas tree merely because they communicate a religious
Jim Payne, a U.S.D.A. Forest Service spokesman, said that the
guidelines came from" old information posted on the U.S. Capitol
Christmas tree website and has since been removed." Payne added that
weather proofing and size are the only restrictions for the submitted
The Forest Service has
the criteria for Christmas Ornaments posted on their website:
for U.S.D.A Forest Service site.
Christmas at the White
House is annual tradition and each year volunteers assemble to deck the
Each year smaller
Christmas trees are delivered to the White House to add to the holiday
decoration throughout the mansion as well as one large tree to be placed
and decorated in the Blue Room. The 2010 Christmas tree, an 18 1/2 foot Pennsylvania grown Douglas Fir, was
delivered to the Executive Mansion on November 26th.
Official White House Vide of the 2010
Christmas Tree arrival
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Thought you might be interested in
this information from the White House. This isn't a rumor; this is a
We have a friend at church who is a very talented artist. For several
years she, among many others, has painted ornaments to be hung on the
various White House Christmas trees. The WH sends out an invitation to
send an ornament and informs the artists of the theme for the year.
She got her letter from the WH recently. It said that they would
not be called Christmas trees this year. They will be called Holiday
trees. And, to please not send any ornaments painted with a religious
She was very upset at this development and sent back a reply telling
them that she painted the ornaments for Christmas trees and would not be
sending any for display that left Christ out of Christmas.
Just thought you should know what the new residents in the WH plan for
the future of America . If you missed his statement that "we do not
consider ourselves a Christian Nation" this should confirm that he plans
to take us away from our religious foundation as quickly as possible.
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