Massachusetts residents speak out after library puts up Christmas tree: City ‘must be inclusive’

A Massachusetts public library caused an uproar when it decided to skip putting up its annual Christmas tree, prompting a library employee and several local residents to perform on “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

The Endicott branch of the Dedham Public Library in Massachusetts has decided not to put up its Christmas tree this season after decades of tradition, host Jesse Watters announced Thursday.

According to Watters, the latest developments in the Bay State are the latest skirmishes in the war on Christmas.

“Instead of spreading holiday cheer, [the library is] will put the star in a box and leave the tree in storage, ending decades of tradition.”


The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit at Rockefeller Center in New York.
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She reported that library director Amber Maroney was upset that some people had a Christmas tree in the library, so the installation was put on hold.

He quoted a librarian who objected to the lack of trees in his program.

I’ve been told that when people … walk into that room, it makes them uncomfortable,” said Lisa Desmond, head of the library. “There is a menorah in the Town Hall. I say let’s celebrate whatever tradition or religion brings joy to you and your family.”

After the library plans to hold a public meeting on the issue next week, Watters said her team reached out to the address for a statement, but a response was not received by airtime.

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However, his team spoke with several Dedham residents who said they did not like the idea of ​​the Christmas symbol being removed.

“[It’s] “I regret not seeing a decorated tree in the library,” said one woman.

“The library celebrates so many things: Pride Week, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Jewish holidays.”

Another woman said that there shouldn’t be any problem with setting up the holiday because the tree itself “doesn’t look like” every religion or any religious holiday.

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“I think it’s just the idea of ​​Christmas and the spirit of Christmas,” she said, adding that the lack of a tree this year may upset young children or wonder why it’s not there anymore.

A third woman also spoke to “Jesse Watters Primetime,” saying that Dedham’s “inclusivity” is somehow betrayed by the exclusion of one religion’s holiday display.

“I’ve been coming here for 30 years, even when my son was little, and like a lot of buildings at Christmas, especially where kids live, you expect to see Christmas trees,” he said.

“It’s not fair that a few city employees who don’t feel comfortable making changes that are supposed to be inclusive in this city, and I think it’s a very exclusive maneuver for those who value Christmas.”

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