Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Problem - no problem

File this under self-righteous congressman tries to make hay out of legal lotteries...Some elementary school kids put cut-up lotto tickets on a tree: this is a problem for one lawmaker who thinks the lotto tickets take away from the spirit of the Christian holiday. No problem: the Christmas tree has very little to do with Christianity, but has origins in pagan rituals. Per Wikipedia:
Among early Germanic tribes the Yule tradition was celebrated by sacrificing male animals, and slaves, by suspending them on the branches of trees.
Now that would liven up the holidays in DC. I can think of a few congresspeople who've outlived their usefulness...Or they could admit the tree is a fairly recent invention, and doesn't symbolize their indignation at things they hate, but the giving of gifts to family and friends.

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