Your Christmas Lights Are Triggering Me

The holidays have arrived, which means decorations, food, singing and lots of cheer. But not in Minnesota.

An unidentified resident of St. Anthony, Minnesota received an anonymous letter from a not-so-friendly neighbor, saying their lights are a “reminder of systemic biases” against those who don’t celebrate Christmas.

“I couldn’t help but notice your Christmas lights display. During these unprecedented times, we have all experienced challenges which casual words just don’t describe what we’re feeling,” the letter reads.

“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,” it continued.

“We must do the work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward-facing display like yours can have. I challenge you to respect the dignity of all people, while striving to learn from the differences, ideas and opinions of our neighbors. 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.”

Holidays are a time for celebrating, no matter your religion, race or background. Some choose to celebrate by decking the halls with exorbitant light displays and ornaments, while others put up no decorations at all.

But if decorating for Christmas is now considered “harmful,” what’s next? Canceling Christmas altogether?