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This Year, It's A Christmas Tree At The RI Statehouse

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Governor Gina Raimondo is using the words “Christmas tree” in connection with a holiday celebration at the State House. That’s in contrast to the...

Governor Gina Raimondo is using the words “Christmas tree” in connection with a holiday celebration at the State House. That’s in contrast to the initial approach used by former governor Lincoln Chafee.

In Governor Chafee’s first year in office, in 2011, he called the tree in the State House rotunda a “holiday tree.” Chafee maintained his approach was in keeping with tradition, but critics said the governor was stepping on the spirit of the holiday.

This time around, Governor Raimondo says she and the first husband will host a holiday celebration and Christmas tree lighting next Thursday at the State House.

The event will feature a 16-foot balsam donated Greene Tree Farm and Nursery. Those interested in attending are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Guest at the event will include Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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The Rhode Island Statehouse tree
The Rhode Island Statehouse tree