Since so much of the Christmas decor: holly, fir trees, lights, mistletoe,
etc. has its origins in "pagan" traditions, I don't see how anyone in a
liberal community could complain.
Seriously, our students are mostly from Christian homes but those who are
not seem to be curious about the symbols and traditions and all of them love
the parades and festivities of the season. For those from very strict homes
like Jehovah's Witness families I can always find a secular variation for the
I sometimes wish we did not "do" holidays, but when I see how much the kids
enjoy the activities I feel that there is something of importance there. When
second graders tell me with great excitement that the ornament they made last
year is on their Christmas tree and they can't wait to put the new one on it,
I know that their memories of our time together will be around for a while.