Darryl Summers [“Where’s the Christmas spirit at the Kennedy Center?” letters, Dec. 24] suggested that the Grinch is stealing Christmas at the Kennedy Center. One reason for the dearth of decorations could be cost. For nonprofit organizations, especially those in the arts, every penny counts.

Perhaps the Kennedy Center prefers to devote its resources to performances that celebrate the holiday. Each year, the Washington Chorus’s singalong Candlelight Christmas concerts include rousing and enthusiastic renditions of such sacred and Christian classics as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World.” The Choral Arts Society’s Enchanted Christmas concerts celebrate the Savior’s birth. Handel’s “Messiah” needs no introduction — and the concert is free.

Given a choice, Mr. Summers might prefer singing the Lord’s praises with fellow revelers to Santa hats.

Maureen Clyne, Alexandria