Judge Susan J. Dlott’s poem

Wednesday, December 8, 1999

The court will address
Plaintiff’s seasonal confusion
Erroneously believing Christmas
Merely a religious intrusion.

Whatever the reason
Constitutional or other
Christmas is not
An act of Big Brother!

Christmas is about joy
And giving and sharing
It is about the child within us
It is mostly about caring!

One is never jailed
For not having a tree
For not going to church
For not spreading glee!

The court will uphold
Seemingly contradictory causes
Decreeing “the Establishment” and “Santa”
Both worthwhile “Claus(es)!”

We are all better for Santa
The Easter Bunny too
And maybe the Great Pumpkin
To name just a few!

An extra day off
Is hardly high treason
It may be spent as you wish
Regardless of reason.

The court having read
The lessons of “Lynch” ¹
Refuses to play
The role of the Grinch! ²

There is room in this country
And in all our hearts too
For different convictions
And a day off too!

¹ Lynch v. Donnelly, 465 U.S. 668 (1984).
² Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.