School tries (and fails) to ban Christmas

Ho ho ho! There is a new film about the Grinch in cinemas now.

Is the true meaning of Christmas lost? The holiday is a “stressful” and “lonely” time says one teacher at a school in Yorkshire. However, her students do not agree…

What’s happening

Christmas is all about baby Jesus, right? Not any more, says Mrs Paul. She is a teacher in North Yorkshire.

Mrs Paul says there is too much focus on gifts and spending money at Christmas. Time to ban it! No trees… and no presents.

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Mrs Paul’s pupils disagree. They say the decision is “unfair”.

The school now has decorations and a tree again. Mrs Paul says she is happy with her “thoughtful” students.

People in the UK spend billions on presents each Christmas. They send one billion cards and eat 10 million turkeys.

Have we lost the true meaning of Christmas?

Some say…

Yes. Half of the UK says it is not religious. The holiday is more about presents than celebrating Jesus. That is a shame.

Others think…

Do not be a grinch. You do not have to be Christian to enjoy Christmas. It is about spending time with your family.

You Decide

  1. Should you celebrate Christmas if you are not religious?

Activities

  1. Write a letter to your school explaining why you think it should (or should not!) celebrate holidays like Christmas.

Some People Say...

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”

Bob Hope

What do you think?

Word Watch

Focus
Interest, attention.
Decision
Choice.
Decorations
Ornaments. For Christmas these often include lights, baubles or tinsel.
Thoughtful
Considerate.
Religious
Someone who follows a religion.
Celebrating
Marking or respecting something — in a happy way!
Grinch
A fictional character who hates Christmas. He appears in the book How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.

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