I found it interesting that the unpleasant letter in the Dec. 10 issue of The Pilot expressing resentment over the term “holiday tree” called out one particular non-Christian religion, amongst all others, for perhaps pushing that particular term.

For the record, Jewish people generally couldn’t care less about what Christmas trees are called, and I am absolutely certain that no Jewish person has ever asked the author of that letter to change the title of her tree. (Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who just put the issue in the headlines by changing the name of the state tree back to “holiday,” is a Christian.)

And I would certainly give the writer all the credit she claims for not asking Jews to change the names of our holidays. Many thanks, ma’am.

Never having celebrated the Yuletide myself, I’m no expert on what constitutes Christmas spirit, but I’d venture to say that letter was utterly bereft of it.

So, I will doubtless risk further offending the author by wishing her … Happy Holidays.

Mike Gaynes



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