Council Pokes Fun At ‘Christmas’ Controversy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This week’s City Hall controversy over the removal of the “Christmas Village” sign may be dying down a bit, but it prompted some good-natured joking at City Council’s meeting on Thursday.

Mayor Nutter’s quick about-face on removing the Christmas Village sign at shops outside City Hall was clearly fresh on the minds of Council members. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said the reversal was good news to her legislative assistant:

“We’re also glad that we can continue to call John Christmas from my staff ‘John Christmas’ and not ‘John Holiday’.”

And Councilman Darrell Clarke somewhat carefully introduced a plan to rehabilitate Dilworth Plaza:

“We will make sure that there will be room for the Holiday Village, the Christmas Village, the Hanukkah Village — whatever village we choose to call it — we will make sure there’s room for it.”

Because, of course, it takes a village.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  • Ann

    I love being Catholic, I love Christmas and I love that the city has a sense of humor!

    This controversy is crazy to me. Christmas will always be about Jesus in my heart, and no sign at City Hall can change that. On another note, I would never think to tell someone who is part of another religion how to celebrate their holidays, but instead I would ask questions and embrace it.

    Go Eagles!

  • Annie

    Glad that City Council thinks their gaffes are so funny. I don’t think the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is laughing.

  • Stephanie Patterson

    Of all the stupidity rampant in Philadelphia, this one takes the cake. How many hours were wasted on a non-issue, hours that could (and should) have been used constructively to BETTER the city (which we all know is impossible). Meanwhile, there have been more assaults; there are more homeless; there are more kids in need. And City Council sits around making jokes – led by Nutter! Shame on Philadelphia.

    • katie

      It is not a joke to poke fun at someone’s religious beliefs

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