Letters to the Editor

No war on Christmas

In his

I have no problem with the ubiquitous Christmas tree. The Encyclopaedia Britannica says: “The use of evergreen trees... was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity.”

Many Christmas songs are secular, but others are explicitly religious with lyrics such as “Christ the Savior is Born,” and references to the Virgin Mary. As a Jewish child in the 1950s, I dreaded December, when I had to attend school assemblies where everyone sang these songs. My choices were to sing lyrics I didn’t believe or remain silent and embarrassed. I am glad that Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, and other children today don’t have to endure this.

Until someone can show me a sentence in the Constitution or Declaration of Independence that says we are a Christian nation, then I will continue to state, not “whine,” that Nativity scenes and religious songs belong in homes and churches, not in public places.