There will be no Christmas tree brouhaha in 2013. Gov. Lincoln Chafee issued a statement Monday morning saying in part, “Because I do not think how we address the State House tree affects our ‘lively experiment,’ this year’s invitation calls the tree a Christmas tree.”
The State House tree will be lit Thursday at 5:30 p.m. – by Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, not Chafee.
As noted before in this space, Chafee was not the first to call the Smith Hill spruce a “holiday tree” – Don Carcieri and Lincoln Almond both did so in some years, too. Meanwhile, take this opportunity to watch last year’s Executive Suite interview with the head of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association.