Holiday trees land these 12 NH communities on Santa's naughty list for Christmas
In 1832, Harvard professor Charles Follen introduced to America the four centuries-old German custom of bringing a tree into the home and decorating it to celebrate Christmas. He called it a Christmas Tree.
Fast forward 184 years, many towns in New Hampshire are refusing to keep with that tradition. We found more than a dozen towns and cities across the Granite State naming their lighted evergreens a “Holiday Tree.”
Portsmouth, Laconia, and Derry are among the towns on our naughty list for not calling it a Christmas Tree.
The Christmas tree tradition has stirred controversy in at least two state capitals. Until it was renamed a holiday tree in the mid-1980s, the evergreen that stands at the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda every December was called a Christmas tree for 70 years.
This year they are calling it a Christmas tree again. Conversely, the tree in the Capitol rotunda in Providence, Rhode Island, will be called a holiday tree for the first time this year.
What do you think it should be called? We’ve assembled a list of towns in New Hampshire and which of Santa's (and NH1's) list they'd fall on. Hint: More places landed on the naughty list.
NH communities are split between calling lighted evergreens a Christmas or Holiday Tree. What do you think is right?https://t.co/sBYOHf0nBG— NH1 News Network (@NH1News) December 1, 2016
Nice List (Christmas Trees)
Naughty List (Holiday Trees)