On the first day of Christmas, my school gave to me: 6 Christmas Liberties
What is Christmas? It’s the holiday associated with lights, warm drinks, snowfall, gift exchange but most importantly, a celebration of the birth of Christ. Everyone has the right to celebrate Christmas, including schools. While Christmas can be identified as a religious holiday, students are often being victimized for celebrating the holiday’s religious origins. This is happening because students are unaware of their Christmas liberties.
Back in 2003, the famous “Candy-Cane Case” has become a prime example of religious hostility. Three students from an elementary school in Plano, Texas were penalized for distributing goodie bags in their class parties, containing religious content. Outside of class, a student was warned for giving out free tickets to a religious play and “Jesus-themed pencils.” Their gifts were banned and confiscated by their principals and they were further warned by police intervention and expulsion if their actions were repeated. This article wishes to inform students of their liberties so there is little room for cases like the “Candy-Cane” one to be repeated.
The 6 liberties are as follows:
1. Schools can celebrate Christmas just as they can celebrate winter
-Schools can make reference to Christmas in their festivities
-Students can be educated on religious effects on culture
– Can partake in holiday & winter celebrations
2. Schools can display Christmas decorations
– Permitted to showcase a variety of Christmas decorations if used as a teaching resource
3. Schools are permitted to put forth Christmas expression in school plays
– Religious music, art and drama
– Presented as a take on the traditional aspects of Christmas heritage
4. Students can exchange gifts while wishing each other a Merry Christmas
– If gift exchange is allowed at school parties then religious gifts are allowed as well
– If schools prohibit these gifts, they are showing religious hostility
5. Students are permitted to discuss faith in their assignments
– Expression of faith is allowed in personal work
– Work should be graded on academic standards
6. School employees are free to discuss Christmas & religion outside of their educational professions
– Can promote religion in private aspects of their lives
– Can attend Christmas parties outside of the one’s in schools
These 6 Christmas liberties remind students, teachers and school officials that Christmas is much more enjoyable if they’re simply aware of their rights. So readers educate yourselves with what you’re entitled during this holiday and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!