School cancels Christmas celebrations for being 'too commercial, stressful'; asks students to justify and change teacher's mind
The school's RE teacher reportedly announced in assemblies this week that the message of Christmas has been lost and buried under an avalanche of commercialization
A secondary school in North Yorkshire, UK, has reportedly canceled Christmas this year, citing that the true meaning of the holiday has become "too commercial". The Lady Lumley's School in Pickering is, instead, asking children to persuade them on why they should celebrate the day. Cards, gifts, and Christmas activities have been banned for children at the institution.
Reports state that "Father Christmas", in an assembly, told the students that if they wanted to reverse the ban, then they must persuade their Religious Education teacher to "change her mind". The said teacher reportedly believes that Christmas should be about the "birth of Jesus" and not the commercialization that comes along with it, according to the Daily Mail.
The children at the school now have a week's time to write to their teacher, arguing why Christmas should be celebrated at the school.
The headteacher of the secondary school, Richard Bramley, released a statement, saying Christmas these days has become "very stressful and expensive".
"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 commercialization. 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," Bramley said.
"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 recognize as associated with the holiday season, for example, Santa Claus who, in his modern incarnation, was probably invented by the Coca-Cola company," the headteacher 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," Bramley added.
The school's decision, however, has not received a positive response from parents, where some of them have lashed out against the institution saying that the news has made their children "upset".
Some great discussion within school today regarding "what Christmas means to us" and the appropriate way to bring about social change. #Cancellingchristmas #studentvoice #socialmedia #kindness #justoneday #FAITH #giving https://t.co/hbubFUFVXb— Lady Lumley's School (@LadyLumleys) November 21, 2018
One of the parents took to Twitter and said: "I understand the way their teacher is trying to educate the kids. But it's the way the kids have been told... mine came in upset. Told no Christmas cards allowed or Christmas hats. Detention... it's ridiculous. it's gone too far."
Another tweeted: "@LadyLumleys what's all this about kids not being able to celebrate Christmas?? Is this a pi**take or what!?!"
However, there are some parents who find this exercise to be good. "Don't know the details, but this actually sounds like quite a good exercise — getting everyone to actually think about what Christmas really is and why we should celebrate it," Alison Wilson, a parent, said.