What does it say about the preservation and celebration of traditional American values when a neighbor tries to shame a homeowner for putting up Christmas lights?
“St. Anthony, Minnesota resident Kim Hunt received an anonymous letter from a neighbor on Monday chastising she and her husband for their Christmas light display, according to Fox News.
“‘I couldn’t help but notice your Christmas light display. During these unprecedented times, we have all experienced challenges which casual words just don’t describe what we’re feeling. The idea of twinkling, colorful lights are a reminder of divisions that continue to run through our society, a reminder of systemic biases against our neighbors who don’t celebrate Christmas or who can’t afford to put up lights of their own,’ the letter, shared by Crime Watch Minneapolis, reads. ‘We must do the work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward facing display like yours can have.’
“The letter then challenges Hunt to ‘respect the dignity of all people, while striving to learn from differences, ideas, and opinions of our neighbors.’
“‘We must come together collectively and challenge these institutional inequities,’ the letter concludes. ‘St. Anthony is a community welcoming of all people and we must demand better for ourselves.’
“Hunt told FOX News that she and her husband were ‘very surprised, shocked and saddened by the letter.’
“‘The lights give me joy after coming home from work as a nurse working with COVID,’ she said. ‘I wish we could all celebrate diversity and honor everyone’s traditions.’
“She explained that ‘these times we live in are so divisive’ and that it’s ‘a sad statement that Christmas lights have to be a target.'”
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