Sermon Illustrations

* The city of Boston recently renamed its Christmas tree in Boston Commons a "holiday tree."

* In their 260 pages of newspaper insert promotions, Target, Kroger, Office Max, Walgreens, Sears, Staples, Lowe’s, J.C. Penney, Dell and Best Buy failed to mention Christmas a single time, according to research conducted by the American Family Association.

* The management company that oversees a subdivision in Novi, Michigan, sent the Samona family a letter demanding they remove a nativity scene from their front yard or face fines of up to $100 per week. After being contacted by the attorney representing the Samona family, the company reversed its position, and sent an apology along with a gift basket.

* School teachers in Jackson County, Georgia, are prohibited from wearing any pins, angels, crosses or clothing that has any religious connotation or affiliation. They are also under instruction not to have "Christmas" parties in the classroom, but to refer to them as "winter" parties.