Chris Kennedy just wanted to spread some Christmas joy for his young kids and others in his small town.
The resident of North Little Rock in the US state of Arkansas has lived at his house for three years. But after setting up his Christmas decorations this year, he received an unfriendly note from an anonymous neighbour.
There was one word in the note that quickly stood out.
The author didn’t have a problem with any of the typical grinchy complaints one might expect, such as the garishness of the display, or any intense luminosity, or the timing of the decorations going up. Instead the person didn’t like the colour of the Santa Claus.
Speaking to local news station THV11, he said he never expected to get such a letter in the mail.
“I started to read and of course the first word that sticks out is n****,” he said.
The letter, written from Santa’s point of view, urged Mr Kennedy to remove the black Santa from his front yard.
“Please remove your n**** Santa Claus yard decoration. You should not try to deceive children into believing that I am a n****,” it said.
“I am a Caucasian white man to you and have been for the past 600 years. Your being jealous of my race is no excuse for your dishonesty.
“Besides that, you are making yourself the laughing stock of the neighbourhood."
The letter also included a printed picture of a white Santa Clause giving two thumbs down.
The exact source of the letter which came via the United States Postal Service remains unknown.
Since posting about the racist note on social media, Mr Kennedy has been inundated with kind gestures and messages of support from neighbours and locals.
On Wednesday (local time), he shared “some of the awesome” things people had sent him including kind notes, cookies, salsas and spices and other tasty treats.
“Love that your neighbours stepped up and outshined the hate,” one friend wrote.
Despite the black heart of one person, the Christmas spirit seems alive and well.
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