To the Journal editor:
Other then the retail stores it may seem a little early to some to think about Christmas. But I'd like to talk about just that, specifically in regard to exterior decorations, knowing that a lot of people get a head start on exterior decorating by taking advantage of the hopefully good weather.
First of all, I would note that it's certainly enjoyable to see all the beautiful decorations throughout the area each year.
In that regard, I note further that the Marquette Board of Light and Power sponsors awards for "Holiday Decorations" for such categories as "Winners Circle," "Child's Bright Delight," "Frosty's Favorites," "Elfin Magic","Rudolph's Rookies" and "North Pole Neighborhood."
Please note here, however, that there is no category at all for any Christmas or Religious displays! Further and most unfortunately these categories actually compete with the true meaning of Christmas.
What I would like to suggest and strongly encourage, perhaps despite the lack of any award per se, is that people erect manger scenes and other religious displays at least as part of their overall exterior decorations in keeping with the true meaning of Christmas as exemplified in the statements: "Keep Christ in Christmas" and "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."
Perhaps further, these displays would serve to curb somewhat not only the absence of the true meaning of Christmas but also the on going loss of the sacred and religious within our country,
In closing, may I suggest further that the area churches themselves display manger scenes or other appropriate religious displays themselves this year as well as promoting them throughout their parishes and congregations maybe even establishing their own awards.
Perhaps with enough participation we will see so many of these type of decorations this year that not only will we be made more aware of it being a Merry Christmas but indeed a truly blessed Christmas! Thank you!
Philip L. White