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Neighbor Writes Letter Calling Family's Christmas Lights Display 'Harmful' To Community

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On Monday, Kim Hunt, a resident in St. Anthony, Minnesota, received an anonymous letter from a neighbor slamming her and her husband for their Christmas lights display.

The letter started: "I couldn't help but notice your Christmas light display. During these unprecedented times, we have all experienced challenges which casual words just don't describe what we're feeling. The idea of twinkling, colorful lights are a reminder of divisions that continue to run through our society, a reminder of systemic biases against our neighbors who don't celebrate Christmas or who can't afford to put up lights of their own."

 "We must do the work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward facing display like yours can have," it continued, asking Hunt to "respect the dignity of all people, while striving to learn from differences, ideas, and opinions of our neighbors."

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"We must come together collectively and challenge these institutional inequities. St. Anthony is a community welcoming of all people and we must demand better for ourselves," the letter concluded. 

Speaking to FOX News, Hunt stated that she and her husband were “very surprised, shocked and saddened by the letter.”

"The lights give me joy after coming home from work as a nurse working with COVID. I wish we could all celebrate diversity and honor everyone’s traditions," she said.  

She added that "these times we live in are so divisive" and that it was "a sad statement that Christmas lights have to be a target."

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"We need to be inclusive of everyone, and let’s face it, a lot of people put up holiday lights or decorate their homes for other occasions to bring beauty and happiness to what can be a very ugly world," she said.

She stated that three other homes in the area had received the same letter, but that it is unclear whether anyone knows the identity of the sender.

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The letter has been slammed on social media, with former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Derek Anderson writing, "Saw this coming a long time ago. ‘If I can’t have it nobody can' or 'if they have it we all deserve it' that’s not life."

Another person found it ironic that the letter writer is "doing exactly what they accuse the homeowner of doing- not being accepting of others."

Sources: Fox News