Should Christmas trees be allowed in the office? Atlantic correspondent Marty Nemko asked, and you responded in the first edition of our new collaborative column "Working It Out: Your answers and mine to questions about your job and our economy."
Some of you objected to placing such a distinctive symbol of Christmas in an office with many employees who might not celebrate the holiday. But most of you responded that Christmas trees are no more Christian than eggnog and credit cards. Below are some of the best of those affirmative comments. Read more takes in our first batch here.
The tree is a pagan ritual, people
Take it from a grouch like me: The tree is okay
If you hate, put a dreidel on it!
Point to the part of the Bible with the glass balls on fir trees
I'm with the "Christmas has nothing to do with Christ" crowd. If the Bible-beaters can show me the chapter with Santa, the elves, Rudolph, Frosty, Macys, Egg Nog, Mistletoe, Credit Cards, Drunken Relatives, Crowds, Bing Crosby, the Grinch, and, oh yes, fir trees adorned with flashing lights, glass balls, toys, and assorted other crap, then maybe we can debate religion. Christmas is about lots of red and green and gold and silver decorations, eating too much, drinking to much, spending too much, wrapping gifts, giving gifts, getting gifts, opening gifts, and returning unwanted gifts for a new TV.