The people of Trapper Falls, Alaska have enjoyed their traditional Christian Christmas decorations for many years. No one has ever challenged the tradition until Mitch Bright returns to town.
Christmas With a Capital C
The town of Trapper Falls, Alaska has enjoyed its Christmas traditions for many, many years. The town nativity scene decorates the front of a government office building and the town’s people hang “Merry Christmas” and “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” signs all over town. No one has protested the traditional Christmas celebrations until Mitch Bright (played by Daniel Baldwin) comes to town. Mitch, who grew up in Trapper Falls, returns to his hometown and decides to run for Mayor. The office is currently held by Dan Reed (played by Ted McGinley), Mitch’s former high school rival and the one who won the heart of the girl who is now Ted’s wife, Kristin (played by Nancy Stafford).
Mitch challenges Dan’s conservative ideas, telling him his religious piety is annoying. Mitch paints a picture of American people as loving, peaceful, and “tolerant.” He files an injunction which prevents the town from displaying any religious decorations on government property.
Mitch has a few ideas, other than challenging the keeping of Christ in Christmas, which might help bring the town additional revenue. He introduces the idea of offering excursions to a nearby glacier in addition to the only one currently available.
When Dan confronts Mitch about the injunction, Mitch explains that religious displays on government property establishes a religion which is against the law. He tells Dan that he thinks Christians are hypocrites and he feels the same people who claim to be Christians are the same ones who cuss him out in the mall parking lots.
Dan promises to fight him so that the town may keep their Christian traditions which they have always valued.