The Hague students put up Christmas tree

10th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Students at The Hague University defy institution’s decision and put up a Christmas tree for the entrance hall of the building.

The Hague – A student body at THU have bought a six-meter tall Christmas tree to adorn the central entrance hall of the building following the institution’s decision not to put up a traditionally decorated tree.

The student body of the ICT and Media faculty were outraged about a decision by the academy's management not to have the traditional decorated tree. They managed to collect about EUR 1,000 from sponsors and students who wanted a Christmas tree to buy the Christmas tree.

The directors of the applied science academy in The Hague decided against putting a Christmas tree because they wanted “to emphasise the international character and diversity of the student body”.

However, Communications Director Annelies van Rosmalen said Wednesday the decision was a little less politically inspired as she wanted to go for something different.

Meanwhile, politicians have also slammed the institution’s decision.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders called it "an insane decision that shows the depth of the multicultural disaster which has gripped the Netherlands".

The Hague is one of only two cities where the Freedom party will be taking part in local elections next year.

The Christmas tree is an old pagan symbol used in midwinter celebrations which is thought to have been part of European culture since pre-historic times.

Despite opposition by Christian churches, the tree, usually a fir, was widely adopted as an integral element of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

In the 18th century German settlers introduced the practice of putting up a decorated Christmas tree to the United States. The custom has since spread around the globe.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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