Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas Tree in a School! What Will They Think of Next?

It turns out that Goose Creek, or should I say, Boulder Bluff Elementary School, is so far behind the times that it has a Christmas tree! At least that is the reaction of a new fifth-grade teacher Jessica Monroe, fresh from Michigan (Ann Arbor, probably, not some little farming town) reported in the Newsless Courier this morning. Furthermore, she hears many people, staff and students, one presumes, frequently saying "Merry Christmas." Bill O'Riley should get notice of this one! This article, headlined, "Holiday Lessons Teach Kids about Cultures and Traditions," should be renamed "THE WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS HAS YET TO REACH GOOSE CREEK!"

Don't get me wrong. Her idea to expose 10 year olds to other holidays is an excellent one, although celebration of Las Posadas seems to have confused Jamie McGee, the reporter. Mexican-Americans certainly celebrate Christmas the same way as everyone else, as anyone who has driven at night around Corpus Christi, Texas, the week before Christmas can attest. Many do, however, wait until January 6th for presents.

"If you teach one holiday, you should teach them all" is the statement that is somewhat questionable. Is having a Christmas tree in a school "teaching"? Are Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, and Kwanzaa ALL the holidays? Aren't the Dutch going to say, What happened to St. Nicholas' Day? What happened to the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe? What about Boxing Day?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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