I dropped my granddaughter off at school on Dec. 14 and was shocked, dismayed and offended to see absolutely no Christmas decorations. I understand the "need" to be "tolerant" but feel we have taken it too far.
I have no problem celebrating holidays from other religions. Put up a menorah for Hanukkah. Put up decorations for Kwanzaa. Put up decorations for whatever. But to deny the overwhelming majority of Christian children the celebration of this holiday is unspeakable.
As a child, I looked forward to the "Christmas" party that signaled the beginning of "Christmas" vacation. To deny my grandchildren and all the other children that same feeling is atrocious.
Children don't care about political correctness. They don't care about whose holiday it is. They only know they are denied.
Tolerance to the point of discrimination is no tolerance at all. It amounts to discrimination of the majority, which is a sad state of affairs indeed.
Since it is the tax paying citizens who are paying school salaries, I say take a vote amongst parents. If they side with the discriminatory practice of exclusion, I'll abide by it. After all, majority rules in a democracy.
I hope to see some form of Christmas/holiday decorations when next I enter this school. A tree would not be remiss. I'll even supply it myself.
And, I bet if teachers asked parents to send in a decoration with their child, the majority would.
Michelle Barbay, Lisbon