A Chase Bank in Southlake, Texas (misreported as Southland by some) removed a Christmas tree donated by a customer earlier this week. JPMorgan Chase policy is to only use decorations supplied by the company, but was there anything else going on here?
The Southlake Chase bank that removed the donated Christmas tree had it in their lobby from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Tuesday. They said they received some customer complaints, according to MSNBC. Some of them were likely related to it being too Christian, but were any of them allergic to pine trees?
The Christmas tree the Chase bank branch had to remove due to JPMorgan Chase policy was donated by Antonio Morales, owner of the Bellagio Day Spas. A clear violation of their standard to only use decorations supplied by the company, but why didn't they refuse it as they should have?
Chase Southlake accepting the Christmas tree from Antonio Morales probably was because of his reputation for decorating trees. He's good enough that his landlord, a Jewish plastic surgeon, asked him to do one for his front office.
The Chase bank branch that removed its Christmas tree has attracted the attention of Christian cultural gadfly group the American Family Association, according to Consumerist. The irony in this and the complaints is that Christmas trees hearken back to a pagan practice.
While Christmas trees such as the one the Chase bank in Southlake removed only really came into full being during the Victorian era, evergreen boughs were used to decorate homes for the Winter Solstice for thousands of years before that.
So Chase Bank having removed the Christmas tree may suit JPMorgan Chase's company policy about decorations, but it's not a Christian symbol at heart. It's for a solar event people have observed since we created rituals in our earliest tribes.
And that Southlake Chase Bank had to remove the Christmas tree, complaints or not. So picking on them for conforming to company policy just seems petty. Aren't there larger issues to focus on this season, like hunger and poverty?
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