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Newton Family Won't Let Letter from 'Scrooge' Dampen Their Christmas Spirit

An anonymous letter criticizes the Newton Corner home's Christmas display.

A photo of the letter sent to a Newton Corner family criticizing their Christmas display.
A photo of the letter sent to a Newton Corner family criticizing their Christmas display.
The Hunters have had a Christmas display outside their home on Emerson Street for 37 years, but the display has at least one critic.

The display was started by William Hunter, a former Cambridge firefighter, and it went up every year except the year he passed away, according to a report by WCBV Channel 5.

The Hunters received an anonymous letter saying that they should take down their display, which includes lights and statues that glow. The letter had a Boston postmark, according to the report.

The letter says that "Not everyone in the neighborhood is Christian and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display." It also criticizes the display itself, saying "All religious matters aside, your decorations themselves are beyond tasteless."

No one has taken credit for the letter, and it has not been authenticated, WCVB reported.

While the critic does not like the display, many neighbors have rallied behind Hunter, and on Saturday people will gather at 7 p.m to sing Christmas carols.

See the whole WCVB report by clicking here.
John December 17, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Hopefully, this was just an obscene "prank" by some punk kid trolling for a reaction. If it was sent in earnest by an adult, then it's beyond idiotic, incredibly insulting, and cowardice of the highest order. The good, progressive folks of Newton, (and Brookline, Cambridge, Amherst, etc.) always like to preach that we're all supposed to be tolerant of -- and openly embrace -- our various cultural differences, right? Why then is either saying the word "Christmas" or having a display of lights in one's own yard perceived as offensive or even a bad thing, especially in a country where 77% of the adult population identify with a Christian religion, while only about 5% identify with a non-Christian faith (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc.). [See: http://bit.ly/1jIuXT6] Live and let live, folks, just like you always preach. Stop trying to force changes upon things -- that MOST of us enjoy and like -- just because you don't. The hypocrisy is appalling.
John December 17, 2013 at 06:34 PM
And oh, by the way, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
Sara Shockely December 18, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I agree with John. Live and let live.
Kristen Hunter December 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Thank you from my entire family for your support.
John December 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM
You're very welcome, Kristen! Continue to stand tall for your rights and beliefs and never let anyone tell you how to behave and dictate what is right and wrong. Unfortunately, there are some very bitter and angry people in this state and country who, for unexplained reasons, are desperately trying to "undo" all that is nice. We cannot allow that to happen -- EVER! Enjoy the goodwill of your "real" neighbors on Saturday night while singing Christmas carols. I wish you and your family a blessed and very Merry Christmas. Peace.
Alan Howell December 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM
The Hunter's have our total unequivocal support. To the letter writer, why not identify yourself if you're going to attempt to tell other people how you want them to live and express themselves. The spirit of this letter comes from an assumption that the letter writer thinks he or she is in a majority. If that's the case then why not sign letter? A heartfelt Merry Christmas to the Hunter's, your home is beautifully decorated and a very Merry Christmas to the mysterious letter writer and their family.
Lee Moore December 18, 2013 at 02:51 PM
You should put some more light up, with a big sign that says "MERRY CHIRSTMAS"

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