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    I am interested to know what if any fire houses allow christmas decorations in the fire house? We have a few that have done this to our station and I am unsure if this is the place to do so. More specifically they have put up a 3 ft. santa holding a list of "naughty and nice" firefighters. In my opinion this is going to put the morale in the station even more in the toilet than it already is. But thats a whole seperate issue.
    Last edited by HFDINSTR; 11-28-2010, 12:04 AM.

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    We put up lights on the exterior and a holiday tree inside. Our firehouse is not a public building.

    I would probably be on the naughty, but nice list.
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    • #3
      Yep...........

      Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
      We put up lights on the exterior and a holiday tree inside. Our firehouse is not a public building.

      I would probably be on the naughty, but nice list.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
        We put up lights on the exterior and a holiday tree inside. Our firehouse is not a public building.

        I would probably be on the naughty, but nice list.
        Same here, lights outside and a tree inside. Our firehouse is owned by the membership with space rented by the town.

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        • #5
          We decorate the outside with lights and wreaths, and a few things on the inside with no issue. I've only seen it build morale as they do it as a group (even those who do not celebrate Christmas), and I don't see how it would hurt. I too would prolly be on the naughty list lol, just sayin...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by HFDINSTR View Post
            In my opinion this is going to put the morale in the station even more in the toilet than it already is. But thats a whole seperate issue.
            Why??? Maybe counseling is in order if people so depressed that Christmas increases depression.
            Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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            • #7
              WTH is a holiday tree??? I know, I know, it's the PC version of a Christmas Tree, you know, the original version of this holiday. Amazing how everyone wants to take the name away from this one holiday. Next thing you know it won't be Easter, it'll be holiday number 2. The fire inspector here on base kept saying holiday tree in her presentation and all of the Marines kept correcting her and telling her it was called a Chrsitmas Tree.
              Last edited by firefightinirish217; 11-28-2010, 05:55 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by firefightinirish217 View Post
                WTH is a holiday tree??? I know, I know, it's the PC version of a Christmas Tree, you know, the original version of this holiday. Amazing how everyone wants to take the name away from this one holiday. Next thing you know it won't be Easter, it'll be holiday number 2. The fire inspector here on base kept saying holiday tree in her presentation and all of the Marines kept correcting her and telling her it was called a Chrsitmas Tree.
                I could not agree more. A Christmas Tree is not a "holiday tree" any more than a Menorah is a "holiday candelabrum".
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by firefightinirish217 View Post
                  WTH is a holiday tree??? I know, I know, it's the PC version of a Christmas Tree, you know, the original version of this holiday. Amazing how everyone wants to take the name away from this one holiday. Next thing you know it won't be Easter, it'll be holiday number 2. The fire inspector here on base kept saying holiday tree in her presentation and all of the Marines kept correcting her and telling her it was called a Chrsitmas Tree.
                  Yea, it was a joke.

                  Call it a Christmyth tree for all I care.
                  Last edited by ChiefKN; 11-28-2010, 03:33 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
                    Yea, it was a joke.

                    Call it a Christmyth tree for all I care.
                    BTW broter, I meant to put a smiley at the end, just noticed there wasn't one, I'll fix it, I was trying to joke araound too. Oooops.

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                    • #11
                      This issue chaps my arse!

                      It is a CHRISTMAS tree!! This whole idea of being PC to not offend anyone that isn't with the same religious belief is a bunch of crap. No one is trying to change the name of any other holiday but this one.

                      I do however agree that the naughty/nice list might be a bit much but Christmas decorations around the station is just fine.

                      We put up a fake tree in the meeting room and a few decorations around the inside, no lights or anything outside except our "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dickey View Post
                        This issue chaps my arse!

                        It is a CHRISTMAS tree!! This whole idea of being PC to not offend anyone that isn't with the same religious belief is a bunch of crap. No one is trying to change the name of any other holiday but this one.

                        I do however agree that the naughty/nice list might be a bit much but Christmas decorations around the station is just fine.

                        We put up a fake tree in the meeting room and a few decorations around the inside, no lights or anything outside except our "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign.
                        Yeah, I try to be light hearted about it, by making sarcastic remarks about folks changing it. Like I mentioned above, before we know it, folks will be trying to change Easter into holiday number 2.

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                        • #13
                          We have a 'work day' the first weekend of Dec. and put up lights and a CHRISTMAS TREE.

                          Funny how some folks won't say Christams but they'll say holiday, which comes from the word holyday. If they can't call it by it's proper name then they shouldn't be celebrating it. That means no time off work either!!

                          We also dip into the volunteer fund and buy presents for all of the children of our members. 'Santa' (aka Blulakr) hands out the presents. We're gonna have to use someone else for Santa this year because the kids are getting wise to me.

                          Here I, errr Santa is in action

                          P.S. I'm Santa so I make the list!!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dickey
                            This issue chaps my arse!

                            It is a CHRISTMAS tree!! This whole idea of being PC to not offend anyone that isn't with the same religious belief is a bunch of crap. No one is trying to change the name of any other holiday but this one.
                            We share the same feelings, Chief. Every time I hear about a "Holiday" tree, it makes my blood boil. If your religion or belief doesn't include "Christmas", then shut the hell up, don't look, and keep walking.

                            I don't cater to the PC pukes. Don't like it, then leave.

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                            • #15
                              We decorate the station inside and out. We also sell Christmas Trees as one of our fundraising events. Many stations around here also decorate the apparatus and escort Santa around to the neighborhoods for the kids.

                              I don't see a problem with decorations in the station, it would seem to me to improve morale. Even the nice and naughty list can be OK depending on how it is done.

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