I wanted to thank Tiffany Miller for submitting the letter “Practicing tolerance and compassion” in the Dec. 11 edition of the Tribune. I love this time of year, but increasingly there are more people who try to exert their lack of tolerance for those who celebrate the Christmas season. While I do not have any particular religious belief, I do honor and celebrate with those who do. Only I can turn such a joyous occasion to one of intolerance. When I see a nativity scene, only I can decide to understand what it means to so many others or I can be selfish and uneducated and try to make others stop thousands of years of tradition. There does need to be a separation of church and state in writing of laws that rule the country, but it should not prohibit a government agency from putting up a Christmas tree in the lobby. My grandparents immigrated into a country whose primary religious celebrations are based around Christianity. Instead of spouting that the country needs to change, they took the higher ground and honored the traditions and customs the people in the country that provided them with so many opportunities. No one should be afraid to say “Merry Christmas” or put a Santa in front of their house or business.
When we can’t celebrate traditions, we have become truly a country of intolerance.