A Massachusetts family says they received a nasty note from anonymous “neighbors” telling them their Christmas decorations are “beyond tasteless” and inconsiderate of the fact that “not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian.”
The Hunter family has been putting out a Christmas display on their Newtown home for 40 years.
The family received a typed letter postmarked from Boston which said, “we have decide we cannot let another holiday season go by without bringing a few things to your attention.”
“Not everyone in the neighborhood is Christian, and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs,” the letter said. “Imagine if everybody in the neighborhood decided to turn their front lawns into an expression of their beliefs.”
“You may think your display is harmless fun, but you need to realize that your beliefs are in direct contradiction to those of others,” it added. “Imagine how you would feel if you had to drive past an anti-Christian lawn display every day!”
The letter went on to say “your decorations themselves are beyond tasteless. They are cheap, tacky, and kitschy and are a terrible eye-sore on the neighborhood.”
Furthermore, the “neighbors” claimed the Hunters put out their decorations too early.
“Christmas was still more than six weeks away when you began putting out your decorations,” the letter said. “Why on earth do you feel the need to have them out so long?”
“You are of course free to worship as you believe, celebrate as you please, and free to have bad taste, but please have the good sense to do these things in the privacy of your own home,” the letter concluded, signed only, “your neighbors.”
“Coward, wish they could have said who it is, sign your name to it,” Kelly Hunter, who received complaint, told WHDH.
The family tradition of a Christmas display was started by the children’s grandfather 40 years ago.
“It really means just keeping my grandfather’s legacy alive, and I think it means a lot to the neighborhood too,” said grandson Caleb Hunter.
“We’re not anti-anything. We are Christian, we are celebrating our faith. People are free to do that,” said Kristen Hunter.