Every year for the past four decades, the Hunters have erected a big Christmas display outside their home in Newton, Mass.
But this holiday season, the family says they received an anonymous letter from disgruntled neighbors taking aim at their Christian themes, claiming many locals don’t want to see the Hunters’ faith on display.
“Not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs,” the letter said.
In addition to calling the family out for their religiosity, the letter also deemed their decorations tacky, calling them “beyond tasteless.”
“You are of course free to worship as you believe, celebrate as you please, and free to have bad taste, but please have the good sense to do these things in the privacy of your own home,” said the letter, signed only, “your neighbors.”
The letter-writers said they had been silent in the past, but felt it was time to share their frustration.
Kelly Hunter told WHDH-TV her family is Christian and they just want to celebrate their faith. She called whoever is behind the note cowardly.
“Wish they could have said who it is, sign your name to it,” she said.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, members of the Hunter family said the letter came as a surprise because their neighbors have liked their decorations in the past.
“It makes a lot of people happy. We don’t do it for selfish reasons, we do it for everybody,” one family member explained.
They said the letter is postmarked from Boston, 11 miles away from Newton, so the Hunters aren’t sure if it really came from an actual neighbor.
The display tradition was started by Kelly Hunter’s father, William Hunter, a local firefighter who is now deceased, the Newton Patch reported.
The Hunters continue to keep the 37-year tradition alive, saying they won’t let the letter bring down their Christmas spirit.
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