‘Merry Christmas,’ but not in some Nebraska schools (candy canes, either)
Over the years, we’ve all heard stories about how greeting people this time of year with “Merry Christmas” is unacceptable. Don’t want to offend anyone, after all, even though anticipating and celebrating Christ’s birth is why we have this holiday in the first place.
However, in one Nebraska school in the eastern part of the state, it went much further.
Manchester Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sinclair, who said she formerly lived in a place where Christmas celebrations were not allowed in schools, issued a memo to her staff at the Elkhorn school about the restrictions she was putting into place this year. She said she wanted to be inclusive of all students.
Banned items included Santas, Christmas trees, “Elf on the Shelf” characters, Christmas carols, Christmas music, candy canes, reindeer and even red and green items. Making ornaments was disallowed, too, because, reportedly, not everyone has a Christmas tree.
Why no candy canes? Because the “J” shape is symbolic of Jesus, with the red symbolizing His blood and the white His resurrection.
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