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Poll: Call Them "Holiday Lights"?

Commenters at the Fridley Patch Facebook page question the term.

What do you call decorative lights at this time of year?

An article posted over the weekend, , drew a comment at the Fridley Patch Facebook page:

What "holiday" would that be?

Well, Christmas is the biggie. But not everybody who decorates with strings of lights celebrates Christmas.

"Holiday lights" is the phrase that the City of Fridley used in announcing the drop-off box at for old strings of lights. It's also what the Recycling Association of Minnesota uses to describe its statewide program, Recycle Your Holidays.

What do you think? Answer the poll question and leave a comment below.

Micheal Foley November 28, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I don't put up Thanksgiving lights, then take them down to put up Christmas lights, then take those down to put up New Year lights. I just put up lights once, for "the holidays." Also, I have friends who put up lights for Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights). ... but that's just me.
Ralph November 29, 2011 at 02:57 PM
They are Christmas lights..NOT holiday lights. We never put lights up for Thanksgiving, or New Years, that I can remember. They were called Christmas lights. If you don't believe in Christmas, keep your kids in school that week, and don't take the day off work. People need to get a life. I don't think Christmas offends anyone, I think some, just want it to. I am not giving up Christmas, to appease anyone. Merry Christmas!
Royster November 30, 2011 at 05:18 AM
I hate political correctness run amok. I don't wish people "happy holidays", I wish people "Merry Christmas". With that said, I have seen people with red, white, and blue lights for Independance day, and I have seen orange lights for Holloween, therefore in this instance as much as I hate to admit it, holiday lights is correct.
Micheal Foley November 30, 2011 at 05:32 AM
What if we just call them "decorative lights" from now on, and avoid assigning them a purpose other than decor?
Charlie Dickens November 30, 2011 at 05:49 AM
You can do that Michael, thats fine. However At some point PC needs to stop. Somethings I can see, most I can't. You shouldn't in good faith put up or turn on your Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving anyway. Halloween decor, 4th decor, Easter and so on. If I'm told to put up a decorative light I could put up a lava lamp, disco ball and black lights.
Micheal Foley November 30, 2011 at 05:53 AM
It's not about PC, it's about going overboard with religion. What's the difference between your "Christmas" lights and a disco ball anyway? It's not like your lights are in the shape of Jesus or something...
Charlie Dickens November 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM
It is always about PC, otherwise you wouldn't comment nor care. It started out as Christmas and only became an issue when atheists and muslims complain. Take Halloween, my girls elementary school no longer can have Halloween parties because the muslims at the school complained. YET, on Halloween they don't go anyway. Take the pledge of allegiance, its fine until some yahoo said otherwise now very few schools say it at all. The USA has, is, and will always be a Judeo-Christian leaning country. "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion ... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle." George Washington's Farewell Address
Melody Corrick November 30, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Totally Agree!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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