A secondary school in North Yorkshire has taken banned Christmas because they believe that it has become ‘too commercial’.
Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering has banned the exchanging of cards, presents, and all forms of Christmas fun until the kids there plead with the teachers to bring it back.
The management hopes that this will encourage the youngsters to reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas.
The school’s headteacher, Mr Richard Bramley, said:
“In assemblies this week, Mrs Paul, one of our teachers of RE, spoke about Christmas and whether the message of Christmas has been lost and buried under an avalanche of commercialisation.
“Christmas is a day celebrating the birth of Jesus and should be a time of goodwill to all, yet it can be a very stressful, expensive, argumentative and lonely time.
“Mrs Paul read out a letter from Father Christmas and cited the example of Christmas cards which bear no relation to the origin or meaning of Christmas but carry symbols we now recognise as associated with the holiday season, for example Santa Claus who, in his modern incarnation, was probably invented by the Coca Cola company.”
He continued: “In her message to students in the assemblies Mrs Paul asked them to consider the true meaning of Christmas and to write to her with their reasons why we should still celebrate this time of year and try to persuade her to change her mind.”
Naturally, some of the parents of kids at the school are a bit peeved by this. Some have even said their kids are coming home ‘upset’.