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Wisconsin governor answers why he went with 'Holiday Tree' over 'Christmas Tree'

Posted at 9:18 PM, Nov 12, 2019

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers stated why he decided to call the Capitol tree the "Holiday Tree" instead of the "Christmas Tree" as previously declared by former governor Scott Walker.

Last week, Evers went back to calling the Capitol evergreen a "Holiday Tree." This comes eight years after former Republican Governor Scott Walker declared the tree a "Christmas Tree."

"It's a holiday season for a whole bunch of people in the state of Wisconsin, even those that aren't part of the Christian faith. I think it's a more inclusive thing," said Evers. "I know a lot of people love to have that debate, and I think it's a good debate to have."

The fight over what to call the tree has been going on for years and even after Evers' announcement, the fight still lives on. On Tuesday, in a 64-30 vote, the bipartisan Wisconsin Assembly voted to call the state Capitol evergreen a "Christmas tree."

"People say, 'Evers made a mistake by doing that,' but I think it's a good conversation to have and at the end of the day, 'Holiday Tree' is a good use," said Evers.

Evers was asked if his family called the tree in their home a "Christmas Tree" growing up, and Evers acknowledged that this was true but reiterated that the tree was in their home, not on the grounds of City Hall in Plymouth, Wisconsin.

This article was written by Julia Marshall for WTMJ.