Seems there's a Local Law that says one can't sell Christmas trees in that neck o' the woods until December 5. Yup. The church started selling its trees the day after Thanksgiving, which would be November 29. So, because they were Six Days Early, The Law Shut. 'Em. Down.
Did I mention that the tree lot was run by a church?
The Inspector in Charge closed the lot, but in the Spirit of the Season, didn't fine the House of God. After much hubbub and many consultations, officials let the Deacons Deck the Halls once more.
BTW, no one seems to know a) Why the law states that Christmas tree sales must only be conducted between December 5 and December 25 on any given year, and b) Who ratted out the church.
What did the Pastor have to say about recent events involving her flock?
"They didn't teach me this in Seminary," she said.
This just in: The Pastor, who has authorized Christmas Tree sales at her Methodist Church for the last six seasons, is allergic to all Pine Trees, whether imbued with the Christmas Spirit or not. And now, probably, she's allergic to Politicians, too!