Anti-Santa letters dropped at Edmonton theme homes not hate crime: police

Charges will not be laid after anti-Santa Claus rantings were left in the mailboxes of some Edmonton homeowners who love to light up Christmas.

EDMONTON — Charges will not be laid after anti-Santa Claus rantings were left in the mailboxes of some Edmonton homeowners who love to light up Christmas.

Police say no hate crime was committed when people on the self-proclaimed Candy Cane Lane got letters claiming Santa causes bedwetting and depression in children.

Every Christmas for decades, people have flocked to the eight-block stretch where homeowners light up their houses and yards in various holiday themes.

But this year, some homeowners found doll parts dropped in their mailboxes, along with letters denouncing the commercialization of Christmas.

One resident allegedly received a plastic severed thumb and a two-page note that talked about “the lie of Santa.”

Police say a woman who turned herself in this week was interviewed by their hate crimes unit, which determined that no specific homeowners were targeted.

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