It's Not a Christmas Tree, it's a 'Peace and Harmony' Fir

July 13, 2007


Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Welcome to the port's holiday forest. There may be firs or hemlocks, spruces or pines at Sea-Tac Airport this holiday season, but there will not be a Christmas tree.

Not by definition, anyway.

Nor will menorahs or Buddhas be present.

So recommended the Port of Seattle's Holiday Decorations Advisory Committee on Thursday.

"No specific religious symbols should be used," recommended the committee, formed after the port was slammed internationally for yanking down -- then reinstating -- its airport's nine Christmas trees last December.

In trying to craft holiday decorations that won't offend or exclude anyone, the decorations committee -- chaired by K + L Gates counsel Fredric Tausend -- kept it neutral.