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U.N. bans Christmas in Copenhagen

December 9, 2009 |  8:09 am

Christmas Tree in Denmark
Fir trees are grown in abundance in Denmark, so availability was not the issue.

After all, Christmas has been celebrated there since the 17th century. These days the Nordmann Fir is a favorite of Christmas decorators everywhere, at least according to the Danish Growers Assn.

And the nurturing fir trees are excellent at binding carbon dioxide emissions, so message control wasn't a problem either.

But officials planning the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen -- which President Obama plans to join next week -- decided that a Christmas tree is a religious icon that would be inappropriate at a government gathering attended by officials of various religions.

To which we say, bah humbug.

The U.N. uses Christmas to sell UNICEF ornaments, along with Christmas cards. As the Examiner asked, where does the U.N. think customers will hang the ornaments -- on doorknobs?

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: A Christmas tree in Denmark. Credit: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library photo gallery of Christmas trees in different countries

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