In One Village, Making a Balanced Display for Two Celebrations

December 9, 2007


Source: The New York Times

THE village spent $853 on oversize ornaments for the Christmas tree in Law Park and $3,065 on a custom-made six-foot-tall dreidel. But what it really sought to buy was harmony surrounding this year’s holiday display.

The effort to balance this year’s display came after a local resident sued the village last December in a case of free speech and religious expression. The resident, Henry Ritell, who is Roman Catholic, sued the village after it rejected his offer to donate a Nativity scene. Mr. Ritell said he wanted the crèche to balance the religious symbolism of the nine-foot-tall menorah.