Finally, someone pays for Christmas beginning too early

Posted: December 10, 2008 in Good for a Giggle, Legal Prejudice, On Your Wall, The Obvious Files
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oh-christmas-treeThis is a story that would make Al Gore and the uber-environment lovers giddy like school girls.

It’s a small church, a quaint church – the North Bethesda United Methodist Church in Washington D.C. – and one that likes to ring in the HOLY-days with philanthropy, outreach and buying a Christmas tree.

So, which one of those Yuletide tasks makes them newsworthy? Yeah, the tree.

Turns out the churchgoing folks at North Bethesda have been breaking the law. According to county code, for more than 30 years it’s been illegal to sell a Christmas tree in Montgomery County before Dec. 5. Those caught taking cash, credit cards or checks for a tree before then can be fined $500. The church opened its lot Nov. 29. Three days later, the county inspector came calling.

And what Mr. Grinch said was basically, “You have to shut this operation of buying trees early and giving proceeds to the poor down.” But according to the story and in the spirit of the holidays, the church wasn’t fined.

Now if only national retailers would grasp a hold of this story, we wouldn’t have to endure with a non-stop siege of festivities, an onslaught of Christmas carols beginning in October and the harangue of holiday sales beginning in July with “LEON DAY“.

Ho-ho-ho. Christmas in America. Ain’t it grand?

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