Every year more and more schools are pulling Christmas out of the classroom.
No Christmas units. No Christmas parties. No Christmas.
Admittedly, I worked in one of these schools and I LOVED it. I was so glad I didn't have to forgo curriculum time for sugar-coma induced parties and I didn't have to listen to kids who were upset that they got a "lame" book from "Tommy" when they wanted the "cool" book from Seth. As a teacher, I loved not having Christmas in the classroom.
Now that my daughter is in school I'm geared up for a different environment. Christmas parties with gift exchanges, Christmas programs, and stories of Santa abound. Harmless, really. Really?
Here's the thing. My child knows Santa isn't real (if you just read that and didn't know, my apologies) and she has been instructed not to "ruin" it for other kids. In school, however, even when she has let her teachers know that she's in on the secret, her teachers keep saying, "oh, of course Santa is real." So now my six year old is confused. Does she trust mom and dad or Mrs. So and So?
I was trying to think about this from another perspective--perhaps a Jewish child or Jehovah's Witness--and I bet this time of year is downright confusing and isolating. I feel like people get so caught up in "not ruining it for our kids" that we aren't recognizing how we are ruining for other people's kids.
I'm not a crazy liberal (unless you are a hyper-conservative). I'm not on a politically correct bandwagon. But this year, when my little girl asks for the seventeenth time, "Are you sure Santa isn't real because my music teacher says he is?" I wonder if this "harmless" Christmas fun really is harmless. And I wonder if Christmas should be at school.
We've taken the Christ aspect of Christmas. I wonder if it's time for Santa Christmas to get out of classrooms, too.
What I think is that it is time to start having serious conversations about whether Santa should be in classrooms.
I still don't know which way I lean, but I'm ready to hear opinions. So sway me.
Christmas at school? YAY or NAY? The comment line is open!
Thank you to Shell at Things I Can't Say for supporting my random thoughts.