Weigh In: Fake Macy’s tree and other holiday traditions
The Macy's Christmas Tree in 2012, when it fell as it was being lowered. Which might have something to do with the tree being placed in the parking lot this year.
Warning: Christmas tree purists might want to skip this post. Macy’s revealed yesterday that for the first time in more than six decades, the Great Tree will be a fake.
Another Macy’s decision that could upset some: The tree will no longer be placed on top of the store at Lenox Mall, but in the parking lot.
Treegate 2013 made us wonder about some other revised holiday traditions:
- No turkey on Thanksgiving: There’s been a movement of late amongst animal rights activists — and people who just hate the taste of turkey — to promote a turkey-free Thanksgiving. Alternatives including Tofurkey — a turkey made out of tofu, yum! — lasagna and cashew nut roast have all been offered up as main dish alternatives to the classic bird of the day.
- No-gift Christmas: Seriously. We know most people can’t imagine waking up on Dec. 25 without a pile of presents to unwrap, but some, sick of the consumerist bent the holiday has taken, have opted not to give or receive gifts. This Oprah magazine columnist has touted the idea, and this New York Times post pays homage to the Scrooge who isn’t really a Scrooge, but just someone who is sick of seeing all of their money go toward Tickle Me Elmos and costume jewelry for family members who probably won’t appreciate the gifts, anyway.
- Electric menorahs: Along the same lines as a fake Christmas tree, electric menorahs provide users with the feeling or a “real” menorah without the hassle of dripping wax (or the danger of lighting your house on fire). There are some, though, who poo-poo the alternative, saying that while it creates the feeling of an actual lit menorah, it’s a poor substitute for the real thing.
Now that we’re in the alternative holiday mood, we want to know — are there any holiday fake-outs or alternative holiday traditions your family observes that might make some other families cringe? Let us know in the comments below.
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