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Christmas is Here. Right Here. In this School.

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Paige Houchen, Journalism I Student

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Some people think that Christmas festivities and decorations shouldn’t be allowed in public schools. Some people think that the term “Merry Christmas” is offensive. Some people flip out over ‘un-Christmas’ Starbucks cups. I am none of these people. Because those people suck…  candy canes. I believe that Christmas should be allowed anywhere and everywhere in the public domain, because it is all so much more than just a religious holiday.

  I mean, yes, it’s a Christian holiday, yes people have the right to celebrate it or not, but let’s be honest: it’s not all religion. The fact of the matter is, Christmas isn’t just a Christian holiday anymore. Ever heard of the pagan king? You know, Santa? The bringing of Christmas trees into the house? Presents? Stockings? None of that stuff is Christian tradition- it’s tradition of cultures brought to head under this one amazing holiday. Not to mention things like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, or The Polar Express. Or Elf! Can you show me in those movies where the religion is? It’s just Christmas. Happy, fun, merry Christmas. I understand that some people are afraid that the religious aspects of Christmas will be shoved in their face, and I surely hope that Christmas isn’t something to be resented because of that. When things do get religious, like a teacher putting up a manger decoration in his or her room, that’s their decision. It’s not like you will have to get down on your knees and pray.

  Awhile back, I heard from someone that it was rude to say ‘Christmas break’ because it has the word Christ in it (as opposed to winter break). Under that logic, we won’t be allowed to call people named Christopher by name. Winteropher. I respect the fact that they have their own set of morals and standards, but come on.

  This holiday is celebrated all over the world, and I don’t think a few snowflakes and decorated trees in the school setting is going to hurt anybody. For me, when I walk into this daily imprisonment, seeing something new or colorful around the school makes it all a little better. Walking past the library with the snowflakes, past the office with the Christmas tree, or even seeing people wearing Santa hats just makes me happy, because I know that I will soon have a seventeen day break from this place. Christmas is great. No school! Snow! Pretty lights and green foliage all over the place! Really, why wouldn’t you want that in the school? 

 

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