decorated Christmas tree with lightsOne of my absolute favorite parts of this time of year is our family’s annual “sleigh ride” when we all pile into the car and drive around to look at Christmas lights. Our neighborhood hosts a contest among each block to see who can come up with the most charming light display, so there are always tons of houses that really get into the spirit.

In recent years, however, more and more communities have been issuing bans on holiday lights, Christmas carols in schools and religious symbols used in public displays.

Do you think that this is a fair way to honor all faiths during this special time of year, or do you think that all of the bans are a real drag on the Christmas spirit? Would you be upset if your child was told not to sing about Rudolph and Frosty in school, or if your neighborhood banned lights altogether? What do you think? You tell us!

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3 Responses

  1. krellpw says:

    Wow! Banning holiday lights on MY home? I Wouldn’t live in a neighborhood like that. I’d end up spending too much of my free time looking for ways to aggravate people.

    I understand not singing religious themed carols or not using religious symbols in public schools, but I don’t agree with it. Seems like the expedient way out. It would be more constructive to take the time to instruct on and embrace multiple faiths. Which I’m proud to say my son’s public school has. It was very cool to learn about Kwanzaa from my son this year.

    This holiday season is all about peace on earth and goodwill towards all people. The only way to embrace that is to learn about all people and all of our perspectives and differences.

  2. Bridgette says:

    I totally agree! I think it’s really sad when neighborhoods ban Christmas lights. I understand that no one wants their neighbors to leave lights up until July, but I love driving into a neighborhood that is all decked out in holiday spirit.

  3. Audrey Jane says:

    I agree! If my neighbor told me I wasn’t allowed to put up lights on MY house, I would tell them that they aren’t allowed to have ugly sculptures in front of theirs. I think it would go downhill from there.

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