Christian community not for largest Christmas tree

_dsc1412The Christian community in Sri Lanka, have in a joint statement, expressed disaapointment at the construction of a large Christmas tree at Galle Face in Colombo.

A statement by the National Christian Council noted that the birth of Jesus or the commonly celebrated ‘Feast of Christmas’, is fundamentally a message and a commemoration of ‘Hope’.

“We are saddened to note the latest addition to the celebrations in the erection of the tallest ‘Christmas Tree’ in the world at Galle Face Green. What is alarming and disturbing is the fact that the placement and location of this giant ‘Christmas Tree’ with all its glamour and splendor, purposefully and discreetly hides the pride of human sin in the ‘Port City Development’. This development project raises serious questions and will have severe consequences on the environment, livelihoods and the displacement of our people,” the joint statement said.

The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka called upon all people to observe and celebrate the birth of Jesus with joy but also in a sense of sacredness of true spirituality, rooted and guided in Scripture.

The joint statement was signed by Rev. D.R. Canagasabey, Chairperson of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka and Bishop of Colombo, Church of Ceylon. Diocese of Colombo, Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah, Bishop of Jaffna Diocese, Church of South India, Asiri P. Perera, President/Bishop, Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, Priyantha Wijegoonawardene, President, Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya, Stanley Nelson, President, Christian Reformed Church, Saman Perera , President, Presbytery of Lanka, Colonel Alistair Venter, Territorial Commander, The Salvation Army, G. Nadarajah, President, Lanka Lutheran Church, W.P. Ebenezer Joseph, General Secretary, National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, Michael Dissanayake, Chairperson, Assemblies of God of Ceylon and Leslie Keegal, President, Church of the Four Square Gospel Church in Sri Lanka.

Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Student Christian Movement (SCM), The Ceylon Bible Society, Christian Literature Society, Back to the Bible Broadcast, Theological College of Lanka, Colombo Theological Seminary and the Youth for Christ.


  1. If the tree still has to erected then I suggest that a replica’s of all the Duty Free Luxury Cars doled out to
    Car-liamentarians be hanged on this tree as a gesture of Prosperity in the country and replica’s of voters hanged upside down?

  2. Yes, Sri Lanka is famous for useless things. Tallest! Biggest! Largest!

    Also we are now famous for people having least amount of brain in the world! That is why we have most illiterate people in the parliament.

  3. This is an utter waste of money when many are suffering in poverty.
    Besides, Christmas trees have nothing to do with the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. Another point of view on the record breaking Christmas tree..
    1) What is Christmas? The birth of Jesus Christ.
    2) Is there a connection between Christmas and the Christmas tree? No
    3) Is the government spending people’s money on the record breaking Christmas tree? No
    4) Will the private entities who are funding the tree spend the money on the poor now that its construction has come to a halt? No
    5) Did the move to stop its construction create a connection between Christmas and the Christmas tree? Yes
    7) Wouldn’t it have been better to confirm the absence of a connection between Christmas and the Christmas tree (and Santa)? Yes
    8) Shouldn’t we raise our voices against Christmas trees, Santas, the commercialization of Christmas and the resulting sin? Yes
    7) Why? 1)

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  5. Now that lot of money already spent, lot of sponsors turn down, lot of foreign attractions and visits dropped, lot of hopes lost, lot of hearts broken, the cry of tireless planners and workers, have created a chaos. Instead it would have emphasized a much awaited unity among citizens of Sri Lanka on the day of its launch. An opportunity missed.

  6. What does a christmas tree have to do with the birth of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and The message of salvation. Please stop this nonsense. who wants to get on the pages of the western press and the Media.


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