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Originally posted by Movhisattva
This is just about Electrabel having a deal with the city - money and lobby.
None of the traditional symbols are banned, only that the electricity company now makes a good deal with the city.
But nothing to do with offending muslims or not.
I'm Belgian, I know what I talk about here.
Many are not fans of Brussels’ modern art Christmas tree
Reassuring people that the festivities will be just as authentic, president of Brussels Tourism Philippe Close said: “Let’s be clear, there’ll be a Christmas tree and a nativity scene. Christmas traditions will be respected.
“The theme this year is “winter pleasures” at the huge Christmas market that has a worldwide reputation. We wanted to emphasize culture and modernity, so asked artists to reinvent the Christmas tree, which is actually a pagan symbol,” he explained.
Celebrate Christmas in Brussels in 2012
Brussels Christmas Market A centerpiece of Christmas in Brussels is the Christmas Market, which features 240 exhibitors from all over Europe who sell wares from wooden chalets around the Grand Place and in Place St. Catherine. You'll find all kinds of handmade crafts, Christmas ornaments and other gift items. You'll also find good things to eat including pots of moules (mussels), Belgian frites (fries) and yummy Belgian waffles, seasonal croustillons (sugar doughnuts), and Belgium's world famous chocolates and beer.
Originally posted by hououinkyouma
Exactly, now it`s hard to get that back. The blain wash really worked out for someone.
Originally posted by AndyMayhew
As an aside, I had a chat a few weeks back in which Christmas came up in conversation this year for the first time. The guy I was talking to, in his early 20s, was telling me how he was already looking forward to Christmas. And seeing the decorations in the High St.
He also mentioned that he was pleased Ramadan had just finished so he could eat through the day again.
Yes, he was a (British) muslim.
Originally posted by DarkKnight21
This is ridiculous. And its not even a nativity set, its a freakin decorative tree.
Originally posted by darrylss
****SINCE WHEN DID MUSLIM BELIEFS OUT WEIGH CHRISTIAN BELIEFS, and WESTERN CULTURE???
Originally posted by ollncasino
What is interesting here is that City councilwoman Bianca Debaets has stated that the decision was made to prevent Muslims being offended rather than Muslim pressure actually pushing for the removal of the Xmas tree.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by ollncasino
Now what about offending the millions of Christians?
Oh they don't matter. I forgot!