HACKENSACK, N.J. -- After an uproar on social media, Christmas trees and classic holiday decor is back.
A modern, all white glacier scene for Santa to sit for pictures with kids was rejected by thousands online.
Simon Mall’s president said only six out of over 200 malls experimented with the new design. In our area, they included Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack, the Westchester Mall and Roosevelt Field on Long Island.
At least two Facebook groups have been created calling for a boycott of Simon Malls because of the display.
“I think that the malls, if they’re going to expect people to go to their facilities to shop for a holiday that they should celebrate that holiday as well. And it’s all holidays, it’s not just Christmas,” said Mike Breitweg, creator of the ‘Boycott Simon Malls’ page.
“I think that they’re trying to create tolerance in our community. And instead of celebrating everyone, they’d rather celebrate no one,” he said.
The creator of another boycott page said she did it for her four kids because she wants them to be able to experience what she did as a kid.
Both pages have attracted thousands of "likes."
While North Carolina, a petition calling for Simon Malls to bring back the Christmas Trees got over 25,000 signatures.
"After listening to customer feedback, we immediately decided to remove and replace them with traditional décor,” said David Contis, President of Simon Malls.
Simon management said the lit-up white displays at Menlo Park and Rockaway Malls are a blend of traditional and new elements and these have not been taken down.