Letter: Why not say 'Christmas?'

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To the Editor:

As is typical, the Banner refuses to utter the word "Christmas" in their articles referring to the familiar sights of decorated wreaths and garland, twinkling lights, and per chance even mangers or creches — as signs of the Christmas. As traditional as are the candy canes, decorated trees, and visits from Santa Claus at the local mall is the Banner's compulsive desire to refuse to recognize a holy day celebrated by billions of religious the world over.

To this end, I personally even recall an article several years ago wherein a Banner reporter printed their review of a local performance of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" without ever making mention of the actual word "Christmas" within either the body of said review or within the title or headline. Though it might seem pretentious to the average reader that anyone could improve upon the writings of Dickens, apparently the Bennington Banner believes it can.

Whilst other holidays are often celebrated at or about the same time as is Christmas — all of the above described appurtenances are specifically long associated with this Christian Holy season and recognizing such does not in any way diminish the celebrations of other people's faith-based traditions or holidays that take place simultaneously.

So to all the many who partake as I do, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Kathleen Gaffney,




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