O Tannenbaum...



This building-in-progress in Central Square Cambridge has what appears to be a Christmas tree set up on the top deck. Um.



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Putting a tree up on top of a completed building frame (the topping out ceremony) is an ancient tradition, apparently dating back to at least 8th Century Scandanavia.

Anonymous said...

i think it's offensive. they should have a non-denominational tree up there so it does not offend anyone

eeka said...

I'm assuming this is a snarky comment, since the above commenter identified that it's not in fact a Christmas tree, but honestly...

If a Christmas tree (assuming that's what it is) in a private space offends you, it's you who's being intolerant, not the Christians who've put it up. If you went to a Christian person's home and were offended by their Christmas tree, I'd find that really offensive, and I'm not Christian.

timlav said...

Putting and "evergreen" tree, or conifer, on top of a building means the superstructure was completed without any fatalities. I don't know if that particular designation dates back to the 8th century, but that's the modern meaning among ironworkers.