JB Partners Group Inc. Deny Senior Citizens Their Christmas Tree

The war on Christmas invades a senior citizens apartment complex in California.

Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it's a religious symbol.

On Tuesday, Tarzana-based JB Partners Group Inc. sent a memo to staff at The Willows senior apartment building demanding they take down Christmas trees and menorahs in communal areas.

The company has owned The Willows for four years, but this is the first time it's given such a directive to staff.

On Wednesday, two dozen residents in the 75-resident complex gathered in the lobby to place a neon green sign that read: "Please Save Our Tree."


The Willows staff and JB Property supervisor Wethanie Law declined to comment.

The memo depriving people of their Christmas tree was comment enough.

One of the residents accidentally got to the purpose of the annual tradition of some people to go out of their way to eradicate Christmas.

Max Greenis who has lived at the complex for a year with his wife, Bonnie, said he's considering withholding his rent in protest of what he calls an abomination of the holiday tradition.

"I've got grandkids and they come here and now they'll ask, `Grandpa, where's the Christmas tree?' Then I'll have to explain that someone said we couldn't have one. What kind of message is that sending to the kids?" Greenis asked.

Obviously, it sends the message that Christmas is bad and should not be celebrated because of the name contained in the first syllable.