A citizen in Bloomington asked Alderwoman Judy Stearns a question. Here is her response:
You asked your Daddy if the City would have a Christmas Tree and he asked me.
What a great question, Celeste, and I thank you for asking! You are not the first little girl –or adult—to ask, and I want you to know that at Christmas, you are so right to believe a Christmas tree is important. Important enough even for a City to care. Hope, wonder, new life, and new beginnings are all there if only we can see it!
When I was a little girl like you, Celeste, I lived right here in Bloomington and I asked my Daddy the same question, and then, (so many years ago), we went Downtown to see the most beautiful tree of all, the City’s Christmas Tree. It stood tall and proud for the whole City to come together to enjoy, first out in a lovely park, and then another tree just inside the front window of City Hall.
Your question makes me think that you hope the City will have a Christmas tree, and sometimes it takes a fresh view like yours to remind us all of what is really important at Christmas—the beauty, the wonder, and most of all, the memories of special events with our loved ones. And the pride in our City, I think you may feel too! I know you danced in the Nutcracker, and that is all about hope and the magic that can happen when we believe as little children.
So for now, Celeste, No, the City doesn’t have that one tree at City Hall, a real City tree, like Chicago does, but because of your question (and my memories), one day we may have one again. Always keep your dreams alive, Celeste, and keep asking. I will too! Merry Christmas.
Alderwoman Judy Stearns