Xmas Tree

Search Twitter for "Wisconsin Christmas tree" or "Wisconsin holiday tree" and get ready for an argument. 

A lot of people, both in and outside of Wisconsin, are debating the state's official "holiday tree," as Gov. Tony Evers is calling it. 

Evers on Friday announced the tree and it's theme: Celebrate Science. 

"“I first began my career as a science teacher in Baraboo, so I know how important science is to the future of our state,” Evers said. “From computer science to dairy science, to clean water and natural resources, to sustainability and renewable energies, this year we want students to make holiday ornaments that celebrate what science means to them, their families, and their communities.”

He's asking school kids across the state to make ornaments to decorate the tree. 

Wisconsin called the tree in the Capitol rotunda a holiday tree from 1985 until 2011, when then-Gov. Scott Walker called it a Christmas Tree. 

On Friday, the former governor took to Twitter to once again say the tree is all about Christmas.

Walker wasn't the only Wisconsin Republican to chime in. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the move is "PC' garbage. It's a Christmas Tree."

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos added "We all know it's a Christmas tree no matter what @GovEvers calls it."

The rest of the Twitterverse is split. Many of the people who don't like former Gov. Walker are telling him to be quiet, while a number of conservatives are saying there's no need to change what a Christmas tree is. 

The Christmas tree debate could be headed for a vote. 

Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, on Monday introduced a resolution that would declare the tree at the statehouse a Christmas tree.

“In 2007, my Democrat predecessor brought this forward and it passed the Assembly 84-15, both sides agreed then and can agree now that keeping Christ in the conversation of our holiday season is important for millions of WI residents," Krug said. 

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.