HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The tree debate in Holyoke has now come to an end, and the tree in front of City Hall will be called a “Christmas” tree after all.
An overwhelming majority of the Holyoke City Council voted in favor tonight of adopting a resolution that will call the decorated tree a “Christmas tree,” not “Holiday tree.”
The original ordinance filed by City Councilor Dan Bresnahan died in the committee, but he filed a resolution that does not require committee discussion.
Paul Hogan of Holyoke said, “Well, it’s been called a Christmas tree for the last 400, 600 years. Why start calling it a holiday tree now?”
Councilor Anthony Soto was absent. Rebecca Lisi wasn’t in the room when the vote was taken, and Councilor Jossie Valentin voted against the resolution.