Governors Fight Over Christmas Tree in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin puts up a tree in the capitol every year.  At Christmas.  With Decorations.

The tree was called a Christmas Tree until 1985, when they changed the name to a Holiday Tree, even though it still went up only at Christmas and it still held decorations with Christmas themes of peace, joy, and other things, and not memorials of battles or other holidays.

In 2011, then-Governor Scott Walker renamed the “tree-put-up-at-Christmas-but-called-something-else” a Christmas Tree. It seemed fitting.

But current Governor Tony Evers is having none of it.  Evers renamed the tree a Holiday Tree, and then went a step further.  He asked school children to make ornaments for the tree as they always do, but this time he instructed them to make decorations celebrating science and showing what science means to them and their families.

Evers suggested areas such as clean energy, but these are school children.  They’re likely to make small iPhones, hoverboards, and drones to hang on the tree.  The items will signify scientific advances, and also act as subliminal prompts of what the kids want for… Christmas.

Former Governor Scott Walker was irate with the change, and tweeted a very Wisconsin-like taunt to Evers.

Walker posted a picture of a Christmas tree in a living room, accompanied by the tweet:

This is a Christmas Tree that is used by people celebrating Christmas 🎄 This is not a holiday tree.

It’s not exactly a stinging rebuke, but maybe that passes as insulting in Wisconsin.

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  1. Dave and Mary Lou Mackey
    Reply

    Its a CHRISTMAS TREE.

    • John Stuczynski
      Reply

      Since it is a holiday tree, what holiday is it celebrating?

      • Marie Czarnecki
        Reply

        They don’t know themselves!!!

      • joie taylor
        Reply

        Why FESTIVUS of course? You, haven’t been paying attention John ! (Said in good humor) Merry Christmas to you.

    • Dallas Johnson
      Reply

      This is a fuight over What has become “Tradition” The Christmas Tree, is just another Pagan Symbol. It has bee conscripted like many other Pagan Symbols. I think it has either German, similar to the Maypole, which originally was celebrating “May Day. The burning of the Yule log, probably is connected with this, it being a Pagan Druid/ early Britain celebration. So, I suggest, if you must fight, begin with Marquis of Queensberry Rules, at minimum, Realize Easter Bunny, the chicken etc, also have been enlisted to muddy the real Christian reasons for celebrating Jesus/Yeshua’s birth and later death. Whilst Governors’ arguing , really they are doing so, over Christmas Day, 25th December, which again is a Pagan Celebratory Day. Careful analysis will reveal, it is a Day hijacked, then co’conscripted, to celebrate the “Birth of Christ” which in reality, most likely, ocurred around October. I recommend all on this forum, begin to realize that this is a Holiday Season, basically, since the turn of the 20th century, pushed, sensationalized, by money hungry Companies. Do you know in earlier British History it was banned? Do You know that Boxing Day, is supposed to be when, the Rich Elites, suddenly having a pang of conscience searching, after gross feasting and sharing of gifts, gave their unwanted used stuff to the poor. It has now been turned to horrific greed displayed within the Commercial World, with people fighting over reduced price, revenue boosting produce. This following ‘The so called Birth, of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ/ Yeshua whom God The Father Yaweh, sent to earth in human form, . This was the ‘First Christmas” Christ Mass, Equals CHRIsTMAS, thus, we arrive full circle to our argument of Govs’ Christmas Tree!!

    • Milford M McDougal
      Reply

      Don’t call him Governor Evars – call him Public Servant Evars.

      • Milford M McDougal
        Reply

        OOps. I misspelled his name. It should have been Evers.

        • James Lee
          Reply

          Still don’t know your point.

      • Patsy
        Reply

        CALL HIM AN ANTI-AMERICAN “IDIOT”!!!
        DON’T TRY TO TAKE CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM AMERICANS!!!
        HE’S GOING TO HAVE FIGHT ON HIS HANDS!!!!!! HE AND ANYONE
        ELSE WHO TRIES!!!

    • Lance fua
      Reply

      Yes there is no other name for that tree is christmas tree try to rename tree for something else stupid.

    • grover syck
      Reply

      It was another of the things that was miss appropriated from Pagan celebrations.
      Christians were not “very original” in their creation of holidays.

  2. Jacqueline A Pelger
    Reply

    STUPID

  3. William Moses
    Reply

    I do not CARE what some LIBERAL wants to call a CHRISTMAS TREE.
    CHRISTMAS is celebration of CHRIST”S birth! and NO minority group
    is EVER going to tell me what the holiday shall be called!! this year as always i will put up my CHRISTMAS TREE, and my O guage train will be running around it. happily hauling CHRISTMAS goodies like peppermint sticks, and candy canes and a gondola full of bite-size tootsie rolls so to the whiners and criers, i say SIT DOWN PUT YOUR HANDS in your lap , and SHUT UP.

    • Maureen Foster
      Reply

      It’s a Christmas tree! Why is it every other religion gets to celebrate their religious holiday? If you don’t like the tree being called a Christmas tree, it’s time you stop your neurotic sensitivity! Merry Christmas!
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      • Chuck
        Reply

        “Oh, Tannenbaum…” In German it’s called a Christmas tree 🎄. In conservative and Christian circles it’s Christmas Tree. Evers doesn’t get it.

        • Hydro
          Reply

          Evers like most Progressive, Liberal Democrats hasn’t got a clue. Evidently he is not a Christian – and that surprises anyone? The party of murdering babies – he like all the other hypocrites will one day face judgement – since when has the minority made judgements for the Majority – if the Governor were to take a pole of his constituents – he would find less than 5% agree with his fool hardy political correctness BS.

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      CHRISTMAS IS THE “REASON OF THE SEASON” the whiners demonrats can cry all they want, but wait until “KARMA HITS” AND JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF!!!!

      • grover syck
        Reply

        No, the winter solstice is the reason for the season.
        The christians miss appropriated the winter solstice celebration for their mythology.

  4. Terry
    Reply

    It’s a damn Christmas Tree

    • Schultzz
      Reply

      I thought this was settled after Obama left the White House. If he becomes a Jehovah Witness he can just ignore it, otherwise leave our Christmas alone! Merry CHRISTMAS!

      • Marie Czarnecki
        Reply

        RIGHT!!!

      • grover syck
        Reply

        Take your stolen christmas crap and put it where the sun don’t shine.

  5. Marcia
    Reply

    Bring Governor Walker back–at least he has a brain–Evers get it threw your head it is a CHRISTMAS TREE, It celebrates the birth of Jesus. A “holiday tree” would be used all year for all holidays. Evers stop trying to change things that NO ONE will accept. My tree will be called a “CHRISTMAS TREE!!!

  6. Daniel
    Reply

    Children! Children! Don’t you have better things to do with your time then to fight over a name? Look, you could call my car a horse or a donkey but, everyone knows that it is in reality a car! Same with this tree. Once it is out of the forest and festooned with lights, tinsel and ornaments it is traditionally, and for most folks, it becomes a CHRISTMAS TREE! Now both of you governors, enjoy the Holiday/Christmas Tree and try to play nice with each other!

    • Carol
      Reply

      Daniel, Daniel! Apparently none of us have better things to do but while I’m wasting your time, The Christmas Tree is not a symbol for presents. Sadly people have gotten away from the true meaning of Christmas and it has become nothing but a reason to spend money on gifts and in doing are rude to each other. This governor is nothing but an atheist and recognizing this spiritual time of year grates on his Antichrist existence. If he wants children to make ornaments, then let them make whatever they want. By the way what holiday Does he refer to? So how would you feel if someone called to you as Mr. Gigantic Ass Clown, I mean it’s just a name.

    • Hydro
      Reply

      Daniel – it is folks such as yourself that has allowed dumbing down of our children with your pathetic go along to get along attitude – Political Correctness serves no one – if you won’t stand for what is American Tradition then you won’t stand for anything. It is the symbol of Christmas which is the time Christians have said reflects the birth of Christ. It means something to many of us. So do me a favor and take your cowardly stance and keep it to yourself and go ride in your Donkey.

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      DAMNED GREAT COMMENT, “AMEN”!!

  7. Joe
    Reply

    It’s a CHRISTMAS TREE and if you don’t like it,
    then no one will like you!
    Merry Christmas. Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

    • grover syck
      Reply

      No, celebrate the winter solstice.
      It was a celebration long before your mythological jesus.

  8. Heyrman Gerald
    Reply

    Another Brain Dead Liberal, trying to move our children away from the “BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST “, These people are really sink in the head, and should be Banned from Politics for ever. We will have multiple “Christmas Trees‘ in our house as usual. It is definitely Not a Holiday Tree!!!

    • Hydro
      Reply

      Look at the Democrat’s Platform – they have removed any mention of God – this country was formed with Christian Principles and we have allowed individuals to continually denigrate our Constitution and our Bill of Rights – individuals are now removing any mention of man or such as mailman – it is now mail person – woman was derived as Eve was created from Adam’s Rib as a helpmate and companion – Democratic run States are now pushing Abortion all the way to Birth – all these self appointed morons one day will pay for their ignorance and eliminating the words Merry Christmas or calling a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree goes right along with attempting to take away our freedom of speech or our right to bear arms. One day I hope never arrives is the day we will fight another Civil War – if the Democrats continue to push everything that is sacred to most of us out the door – we will be forced to make a stand.

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      YOU REALLY MEAN “SICK IN THE HEAD RIGHT”? NOT SINK.

      • James Lee
        Reply

        Why are you yelling, Marie?

  9. George Rowe
    Reply

    Tony Evers — another example of there being more horses assess than horses.

  10. margaret greenwood
    Reply

    Let’s call Ramadan a month of fasting and see how that goes over.

  11. Gaylene
    Reply

    The people of Wisconsin voter in – they can vote him out. Does he put up a “holiday tree” at his home or is it really a Christmas tree? Christmas is to celebrate the Lord not science… one more nail in the American coffin. Stand up and take these people out.

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      CLEAN THE “SWAMP”!!!!!

  12. Frank
    Reply

    Asking a democrat to play nice with a Republican is an oxymoron. Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s birth and nothing is going to EVER change that, not even a stupid democrat.

  13. William Gillan
    Reply

    Its no surprise Grinch would do whatever it takes to try and destroy Christmas! JUST REMEMBER
    folks you put this Liberal in office ! Your option? next election VOTE

  14. rob
    Reply

    Marcia, you have my vote as well. This evergreen is a symbol of Christs birth and no liberal will ever chsnge that

  15. William Merrell
    Reply

    If they do not want to celebrate Christmas then keep all of the government employees working during that period of time. So tired of hearing the stupidity from a-hole libs who want the time off but do not want society to enjoy the holidays for what they are and what they have been.

  16. Paulo B
    Reply

    Many of you should try harder to emulate the man whose birthday you are celebrating.

    • Bryan Caspersen
      Reply

      Here,here. Lots of unChristian commentary going on here. Turn the other cheek people.

  17. Calvin
    Reply

    If the governor of Wisconsin is so ashamed of Christmas maybe he and all government workers should be forced to work on Christian holidays. As someone who lives in Wisconsin I can tell you this governor is a disgrace and governor Walker is sorely missed.

    • Rose Washburn
      Reply

      I agree, I never voted for Evers and never will. He’s making it a one term if he isn’t recalled. I also agree that all government employees should have to work that day since they don’t recognize Christ Birthday. Better yet take it away and make them use a vacation day to have it off.

  18. Marie Farbar
    Reply

    Technically, the Christmas Tree is actually a Pagan symbol used by Druids to worship Nature.

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      ARE YOU CRAZY OR SENILE????

    • James Lee
      Reply

      Actually, since you appear to be trying to educate on this topic, let me further enlighten you and add to your elementary education. Egyptians used palms and other green plants to bring life in their homes. This was way before the druids. However the druids did similar things with the green color meaning life, to bring that life into their homes during the advent of winter when everything is barren. It had it’s original spiritualism because they were…Well…Druids. But it wasn’t until the 16th century in Germany that CHRISTIANS bring the SYMBOL of life in the dead of winter to honor their Savior’s birth with a lighted tree (again symbolic) of “light of the world” in a dark world, and the star that guided the wise men on top of the tree.
      Fast forward to early 20th century were young son of President Teddy Roosevelt wanted this tradition on Christmas which Teddy gladly capitulated the young lads request as a loving father.
      Side note; Teddy was considered a “Progressive” those many years ago because of his foresight to have a strong military, a short cut in carving the Panama canal to connect international oceans, and preserve national parks for the enjoyment of all Americans. The meaning today is way different, in that it’s a downward spiral race to immorality. (nothings taboo) it’s all about being debased…How far we can “Progress” to calling wrong right, the abnormal, normal. It’s something to think about. That’s my view and any politician willing to argue, has yet to intellectually convince me that they are TRUE “Progressives”

  19. JACQUELINE REINHOLD
    Reply

    I AM JUST THANKFUL THAT I WAS BORN WHEN CHRISTIANITY WAS RECOGNIZED AND THAT I WILL NOT BE ON THIS EARTH MANY MORE EARS. THIS NATION IS EXPERIENCING TOO MANY CHANGES FOR ME AND IT IS SPIRALING DOWN DOWN DOWN. CHRISTMAS WAS SUCH A HAPPY TIME FOR THE CHILDREN OF MY ERA, INCLUDING ME. WE HONORED THE BABY JESUS. I NO LONGER PUT UP A CHRISTMAS TREE DUE TO MY DECLINING YEARS BUT I LOVED IT FOR MANY YEARS AND I STILL DECORATE MY HOME. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL…

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      THANK YOU JACQUELINE FOR YOU GREAT COMMENT, WE ARE FROM THE OLD SCHOOL NOW WE HAVE CERTAIN PEOPLE PECKING AWAY FROM OUR BELIEFS. “GOD BLESS YOU DARLING AND YOU HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS”.

  20. MikeyW
    Reply

    What is the official name of the national holiday celebrated in the United States on December 25? It’s CHRISTMAS!!! Let’s call the tree put up to celebrate that holiday by that holiday’s name. After all, a pole set up to celebrate Festivus isn’t called a Holiday Pole, is it?

  21. Rex Whitmer
    Reply

    The Christmas tree originated as a memorial of what Christmas is and what it indicates. It is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Anti Christians are well aware of it’s meaning and do all they can to destroy any semblance of HIM! For shame this Governor to attempt to destroy that celbration!

    • Marie Farbar
      Reply

      My Parents and relatives displayed a miniature Manger and statues of Baby Jesus, his Parents Mary and Joseph and the Wise Men in addition to a natural tree with tinsel, balls and Angel on top.

      Share gifts to reflect the kindness and respect of the Wise Men.

  22. Dicky
    Reply

    Liberal idiots period.

  23. cynthia Brown
    Reply
  24. Fred Cailloux
    Reply

    It used to be called a Christmas Tree but, since way too long now, how children being totally brainwashed by our school system indoctrination camps, they’ve learned to call it the Holiday Tree. Globalists have no limits in their Endeavour to manipulate perceptions to attain their Agenda 2030, total world control domination. And that includes USA, make no mistakes about it.

    • Mike
      Reply

      Total Truth!!Proclaim it Brother. Jesus is coming soon!!

      • Marie Czarnecki
        Reply

        YOU DAMNED RIGHT HE IS AND ALL OF THEM WON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!!

  25. Glenn Boom
    Reply

    Christ is an essential part of Christmas and the 25th
    Revisionist thinking has always tried to change this holiday but can not get it right. The first 6 letters of the word tell it all

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      RIGHT ON!!!

  26. Bruce
    Reply

    IT IS A CHRISTMAS TREE!!! The now so called governor is a holiday scrooge!

  27. Oldwestman
    Reply

    It’s Wisconsin, what do you expect? They used to be a state that had some common sense, unlike ILL. How do these jerks ever get in office?

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      CHEATING, WHAT ELSE??

    • gerry
      Reply

      Oldwestman, It is called voter fraud and illegal voting as to how they get in office.

  28. Johnny
    Reply

    I hate it when people say Happy Holidays to me! I tell them to say Merry Christmas! If they don’t like it they can kiss my ass!

    • Marie Czarnecki
      Reply

      AMEN!!

  29. Kenneth H. Frazier
    Reply

    Sorry Wisconsin but I have to give credit where credit is due. The majority of you voted for this anti-Christian. However, let me recommend to the people in Wisconsin that they place a ad in their local newspaper demanding that the tree in the capitol be named CHRISTMAS TREE.

  30. Juan
    Reply

    Democrats HATE Christians…Did you know that 4 of the last 5 SCOTUS nominees of the Democrats have been Jewish liberals (Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Merrick Garland)…this at a time when there were ZERO Protestants on SCOTUS (Trump’s pick Gorsuch was the first Protestant in years) ..despite Protestants being the MAJORITY in America and only 2% of America being Jewish..(so much for DIVERSITY)

  31. Marie Czarnecki
    Reply

    GREAT!!

  32. Vicki
    Reply

    WOW I’m so proud of you all!!! I agree with everyone of you!!! For fighting words. Sometimes I wish And pray that GOD Would just take these kinds of people and put them in another world For trying to destroy it and Make it into what they want it to be socialist, Muslim, criminal etc….. and to fill our children and grandchildren heads with BS lies and think it’s ok for the transgender to go into our school systems and read to them or throw this life into them. The Democrats have let this go on for so long they have forgot about the real world and all our issues. Why because they only care about impeaching Trump!!! They really need to focus on unseating the Squad of 4.

  33. Toxic
    Reply

    Christmas is a man-made doctrine/ritual. The only things instituted by Jesus were baptism and communion. He never said to celebrate His birth or resurrection. Besides, Jesus doesn’t live but one day of the year. He lives the whole 365.
    No one really celebrates His birth. It’s all about presents/money/trees/shopping/dinners & etc. I don’t feel guilty for not partaking in Christmas. No one remembers to thank God for sending Jesus to this world to die for us. No one remembers to thank Jesus for what He did for us.
    Go ahead and have your Christmas celebrations. Just don’t criticize people like me for avoiding it.

  34. Wilma L Hunter
    Reply

    Since Halloween, Thanksgiving each have their OWN “signature” Item to express or designate WHAT HOLIDAY it IS FOR…..the CHRIST MAS tree is FOR CHRISTMAS AND WAS CELEBRATED FOR MANY YEARS AS “CHRIST’S BIRTHDAY” WICH IS TRANSLATED AS SUCH WHEN YOU TAKE AND SEPARATE THE WORD CHRIST-MAS. THE GOV.WHO DECIDED IT WAS A HOLIDAY TREE “IS” THE PAGAN PERSON;IT IS THE BIRTH OF MOST CHRISTANS HOLY PERSON “CHRIST”,THE DIVINE LEADER OF THE CHURCH….SO PLEASE DON’T DENY CHRIST HIS BIRTHRIGHT…..IT IS A CHRISTMAS TREE AND DECORATED AS SUCH TO COMMEMORATE HIS SHORT LIFE ON EARTH….NEXT LESSON IS WHAT THE DIFFERENT COLORS MEAN THAT THIS DECORATED TREE SHOULD HAVE ON ITS BOUGHS AND WHY!!!

  35. joie taylor
    Reply

    Queen Victoria having married Albert of Germany learned from him of the tradition then practiced in Germany. She thought it was a lovely way to recognize the celebration of Christ’s birth and set a decorated tree up in their residence. Brits soon adopted the custom and hearts were cheered during cold bleak winter months, even if for just a little while. Christmas is important to this world for it renews the spirit of giving. Who among us hasn’t realized that when we give to someone else, as we watch them open our package, we experience some of our truly happiest moments. Humans need more than science , we need love every bit as much, probably a whole lot more. Traditions without deep spiritual roots, soon pass away. The Gov. needs a Bible study to remind him of what the people he governs are truly all about. Merry Christmas everyone !

    • Gay Baines
      Reply

      I am an agnostic (not the same as atheist), and I put up a Christmas tree every year. I also give gifts and watch Christmas stuff on TV if it isn’t too mawkish. I listen to the Celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. I listen to classical music every day, and enjoy “The Messiah” and other musical Christmas traditional performances. No one has the right to tell me I shouldn’t do these things. If there is a God, s/he might tell me to quit observing Christmas, but so far s/he has said nothing. As a citizen of the U.S., I have the right to believe and participate in any rituals I like. What I believe is nobody else’s business. Our freedom to worship or not is a great treasure. Let’s celebrate patriotic, religious, and seasonal holidays as we see fit, and quit monitoring each other for sincerity or “rights” to participate. That’s why America was founded.

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