(CNN) – “Christmas” is returning to Rhode Island’s capitol building.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee put out a statement Monday announcing that the tree at the State House will be called a “Christmas tree,” ending a two-year long controversy.
In 2011, in his first year as governor, Chafee’s calling of a “holiday tree” sparked protests, including a competing Christmas tree lighting ceremony. A state lawmaker even called the governor a “Grinch.”
Chafee, a Republican turned independent turned Democrat, said in a statement that “In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: ‘Do what they did last year.'”