My Hero was a British comedy about an alien superhero (Thermoman) trying to fit in and make sense of life on Earth. In one episode he’s concerned about people putting trees in their homes and wonders if it’s some alien plot. But his girlfriend tries telling him about Christmas trees and celebrating the birth of Jesus. He asks if these trees were special to Jesus, and she says no, and he eventually says that the decorating trees part is “a funny way to celebrate his birthday.” I found a clip online, and the scene is right after the opening credits
And it’s very true. In years past (maybe even this year, but I haven’t paid any attention) very vocal, wannabe Christian martyrs cry out about how other people have “mistreated” Christmas trees, or whatever. But Christmas trees didn’t come around until well over a thousand years after Jesus. So why all the intense DEMANDS that Christmas trees have to be associated with the birth of Jesus? It’s almost as if some people see Christmas trees as graven images.
A few years ago, after seeing that episode of My Hero, I wrote a short story for a friend’s website. The story is still up, and if you’re interested, check out “In the Spirit.”