‘Silent night, holiday bucks’

Now, I haven’t heard it, but…

We got a note today from a Stony Point resident saying he heard a radio ad for the New York State Lottery in which the announcer runs through some favorite “holiday songs,” including one called “Holiday Bucks.”

The song is then played to the tune of “Silent Night.”

The reader was disturbed by this use of a song about the birth of Jesus. He asked if the Lottery people “would feel as free to use a song about another religion’s sacred figure.”

I’ll be listening for the ad over the next few days.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.