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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:07 pm

Letter to the Editor

Dec. 11, 2012

To the editor:

Perhaps I am too sensitive this time of year or life. When the man giving the invocation at a community tree lighting ceremony told those gathered they had to say “merry Christmas” — not “happy holidays” — when greeting friends and neighbors, I began to get angry and haven’t gotten over it yet.

“Why?” you ask. Well, for starters, who gave him the authority to tell me what to do? Shouldn’t a community representative support free speech and not dictate what you are to say and to whom?

Secondly, if I know the person is not a Christian, why should I deliberately use a potentially offensive greeting?

By the way, I’m also very tired of the phrase “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Is Christ a plastic doll that I pull out on Dec. 25? No! Christ is my best friend who is always in my heart. My love for him is 24-7-52. I hate the way our society has plastic gift-wrapped this “joyous time of year.”

It is a hard time of year. The heating and electric bills are high. Transportation costs are high as we idle our cars to get them warm before we make our necessary rounds. Proper winter gear is expensive. Shoveling snow takes time and effort.

However, in the midst of struggle and the frozen stiffness around us, God sends us the birds and the beasts and babies — promises that new life can come out of darkness and hard cold realities. Who am I? Where am I going? What should I be doing with my life? Just because you can do one something, does that mean you shouldn’t look for something else you enjoy more? How much support from friends, family and community should I ask for? How much support can I or should I give?

For me, these are the questions to be answered this time of the year. These are my “happy holiday” thoughts.

Betsy Bonnell

Fairbanks

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