By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city’s annual tree lighting ceremony took on special meaning Thursday night after a controversy over the word “Christmas” in another seasonal attraction at City Hall.

“We’re here tonight for the annual lighting of Philadelphia’s Christmas tree,” Mayor Michael Nutter said.

It’s Christmas two, holiday zero.

Mayor Nutter proclaimed the city tree a Christmas tree just a day after ordering the word Christmas restored to the Christmas Village in the City Hall courtyard.

The several hundred people who turned out to watch were drawn by the entertainment and the holiday spirit, not the controversy, but they appreciated the Mayor’s sentiments.

“I like what he had to say. He really stressed the word Christmas and he used it often and I appreciated his comments about that. I thought that was great to address it. I’m glad Christmas is back in the whole spirit of it all,” one attended said.

Reported By: Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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