In response to a recent Letter to the Editor that stated that the true meaning of Christmas is being ignored, several Ocala residents wrote in and shared their thoughts on the topic:
“I so totally agree with the lady that wrote about this issue. We live in a society where it is okay to display everything else, including commercials with two women or men kissing, but show Jesus? Good grief, they have been trying to get rid of all Christian beliefs when it comes to Christmas. Too many parents do not even teach their children about the Nativity, let alone God. They teach them reindeer and Santa Claus and shopping. Really? I have not listened to or watched the media for 13-plus years. Since powers in government made them marionettes and they will not show anything that has to do with our Lord’s birth, which is why Christmas exists. Even Christmas parades do not display the Nativity or anything that shows the real meaning of Christmas. I display a Nativity scene every year right outside and I feel so should everyone that knows the true meaning of this beautiful special holy day. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dunnellon has a beautiful display and all are welcome. Merry Christmas everybody, God bless us each and everyone,” says Ocala resident Marta Varnell.
“The letter noting how the liberal media approaches Christmas was spot-on. Many have read, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” That’s right. Not Santa. I have no problem with people across America celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, I just resent the fact that celebrating the birth of the Christ child is shunted to the back page, just a footnote in American media, or is just plainly ignored. I have subscribed to local newspapers for decades. Not anymore. I’ll read my news online. Happy Christmas to all reading this. You won’t see this letter in the “newspaper” of record in Marion County,” says Robert Taylor, Ocala resident.