"Sane people are sick of Christmas by Dec. 15" and "so dismal is the time" is the way Henry Mitchell portrays the holiday time of year {"Kissing the Mistletoe Goodbye," Style, Dec. 7}.

His column puts great emphasis on how long after Christmas we should display mistletoe, Christmas trees and wreaths, and he suggests that most people are tired of seeing them the instant Christmas is over. Mr. Mitchell even goes so far as to say, "Mistletoe, therefore, should come down (to reduce the vomit level of the republic) by Jan. 6." I have to disagree with his point of view.

During the Christmas season many people get together with friends and family to share traditional meals, good times and, one hopes, to remember the birth of Christ. Presents are exchanged, and people exhibit a heightened feeling of goodwill toward others that is often lost throughout the year. Perhaps the people who display holiday decor a bit longer have a little more of that Christmas spirit.

Is Mr. Mitchell implying that we should have deadlines for such things? Perhaps he is trying to write Scrooge's "Book on Christmas Etiquette." I believe most of us look forward to seeing these holiday symbols and find it appealing to show holiday spirit even after the holidays.

Mr. Mitchell turns pro-mistletoe in his closing paragraphs, but his views are inaccurate and contradict previous statements. "I guess kissing suggests sex, as it often leads to bed, I am told, and that suggests new life," he writes. I don't think most of us associate mistletoe in quite this manner.

Well, Mr. Mitchell, how do you feel about Easter eggs? RONALD BEAUDOIN Centreville