A school has cancelled Christmas after the true meaning became ‘too commercial’ and are asking children to beg for it to be brought back.
Cards, gifts and Christmas activities have been banned for children at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering, North Yorkshire.
In an assembly, ‘Father Christmas’ told children that if they want to reverse the ban they must persuade their Religious Education teacher to ‘change her mind’ – who believes Christmas should be about the ‘birth of Jesus’.
Pupils at the secondary school now a week to email their teacher to argue why the school should celebrate the festive season.
Children at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering, North Yorkshire have been told that Christmas is cancelled because the holiday is ‘too commercial’
Headteacher Richard Bramley said: ‘In assemblies this week, Mrs Paul, one of our teachers of RE, spoke about Christmas and whether the message of Christmas has been lost and buried under an avalanche of commercialisation.
‘Christmas is a day celebrating the birth of Jesus and should be a time of goodwill to all, yet it can be a very stressful, expensive, argumentative and lonely time.
‘Mrs Paul read out a letter from Father Christmas and cited the example of Christmas cards which bear no relation to the origin or meaning of Christmas but carry symbols we now recognise as associated with the holiday season, for example Santa Claus who, in his modern incarnation, was probably invented by the Coca Cola company.
‘In her message to students in the assemblies Mrs Paul asked them to consider the true meaning of Christmas and to write to her with their reasons why we should still celebrate this time of year and try to persuade her to change her mind.’
Notable former students at the school include, footballers Craig and Chris Short, Olympic athlete Richard Buck and Labour MP John Healey.
The decision has sparked outrage among parents with some claiming their children had returned home ‘upset’ by the news.
Cards, gifts and Christmas activities have been banned for children unless they can persuade their teacher to bring it back
One parent tweeted: ‘I understand the way the re teacher is trying to educate the kids.but it’s the way the kids have been told..mine came in upset.
‘Told no Christmas cards allowed or Christmas hats. Detention..it’s ridiculous.it’s gone to far.’
Another Twitter user (@peedoffparent) wrote: ‘@LadyLumleys what’s all this about kids not being able to celebrate Christmas?? Is this a pi**take or what!?!’
Other parents with the new exercise for their children.
Alison Wilson said: ‘Don’t know the details, but this actually sounds like quite a good exercise – getting everyone to actually think about what Christmas really is and why we should celebrate it.’
Another user said: ‘It’s far too commercial now, 2 months of brainwashing, I can’t wait until it’s over.’
Lisa Perry said: ‘This is a brilliant idea. A very clever way of teaching the meaning of Christmas and getting the students to really think about it.’
One parent wrote on Twitter: ‘Mrs P did this at Bishopsgarth School and the parents said the same kind of thing. It is a brilliant idea.
‘As an RE teacher Mrs P is trying to get the pupils to understand what Christmas is really about…….. family and friends and caring for each other rather than Xboxes and Playstations.
‘For some families, especially those living in poverty, Christmas is a horrible time of year.
‘Parent’s struggling to buy presents and knowing they can’t meet the expectations of their children due to lack of money.
‘Some families have to access food banks and charities to make some semblance of Christmas. That is what Mrs P is doing.
‘Getting the pupils to look beyond the glitter and flamboyance on the TV and think about the true meaning of Christmas and to think about those less fortunate than themselves.
‘Bravo Mrs P. Keep fighting intolerance and selfishness.’