A special Message from Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona:
This morning I hosted the lighting of the Christmas Tree that is inside our Capitol building...and yes...I do call it a Christmas Tree!!
In my first year as Governor, I issued an Executive Order that encourages the celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah and prohibits any censorship of these religious holidays. I encourage you to read and share the executive order with your family and friends: http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/EO_2009_11.pdf
As you may know, in the past, state and local officials in Arizona (and elsewhere) have attempted to strip both Christmas and Hanukkah of their meaning, including establishment of policies forbidding state employees from placing religious items of celebration at their desks, re-naming Christmas trees as “holiday” trees, and renaming Menorahs as “candlesticks.”
Under my administration, I call things what they are...a Christmas Tree and a Menorah... and will gladly allow both Christmas and Hanukkah to be celebrated at the State Capitol. I encourage my colleagues and fellow elected officials across the nation to do the same.
Yes, Merry Christmas everyone!