The Facts about Your Child’s School and Christmas

The Facts about Your Child’s School and Christmas

Christmas tree with vegetablesAnn Bailey

You can’t sing Christmas Carols or say Merry Christmas.  You can’t put up a nativity scene or read the Christmas story from the Bible.  You can’t do any of this at your child’s school? That’s what groups like the Freedom from Religion want you to believe and much of the population has bought into it.  But what are the facts?

The attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom have put together a fact sheet addressing the myths surrounding “Christmas and Public Schools.”   It is worth going to and reading the list in full.  You can see it here.  But here’s the short version:

  • You CAN sing Christmas Carols at public schools
  • A teacher CAN wish her students “Merry Christmas”
  • You CAN put up a Christmas Tree at school
  • You CAN read use the term “Christmas Holiday”

School administrators have been “brow beat” and cowed into thinking that the word “Christmas” has to disappear from our schools.  So have public officials who choose to remove a nativity scene or a “Christmas” tree from public places rather than stand up to the “secular police” and their legal bullies.

Don’t fall for it!   Encourage schools to maintain their traditions – no insist that schools continue their very legal Christmas traditions.  It’s a great time of year and your children should be allowed to enjoy it to its fullest.

  • Diane
    Posted at 16:13h, 10 December

    I found an old school paper of my husband’s from the late 1970’s. I don’t know why his mother kept it, but it was interesting to compare to our day. The paper was a little story about the how and why of Christmas. It wasn’t at all religious. It just gave facts about the Holiday. You would never see that now days.

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 16:49h, 10 December

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    I’ve always wondered why people say that holidays are not to mentioned in school, that you can’t pray in class/lunch, that religious texts aren’t allowed or that students/teachers are forbidden from wearing their Crosses, Pentacles or Stars of David. NONE of these claims are true.

    Honestly, I believe that by trying desperately to pretend that America is completely secular is to deny one of the best ideals of this country; the freedom of religion. Is separation of “church” and state important? Of course…after all, we are a democratic republic not a theocracy. But am I offended when my town square has a giant menorah and a nativity scene? No, especially since they also now put up an evergreen tree!

    I hope that everyone’s children are able to have a good holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Yule. Let’s all remember that the message of this season is to be generous and loving towards each other, regardless of beliefs!

  • julia
    Posted at 20:29h, 10 December

    I’m glad somebody finally brought this out.

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