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Old 12-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #41
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Santa Claus day was here on Tuesday. All of the businesses participate with drawings, there is a movie for the elementary kids, and a soup supper at night with prizes and performances by the school kids. Santa Claus comes to town around 10 on a fire truck and visits kids and the elderly at their homes. His day doesn't end until 7:30 or 8:00. It's a fun tradition we can have because the extent of our diversity seems to be Protestant (~5%) or Catholic (~95%) and predominantly Caucasian.

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Old 12-20-2012, 01:30 PM   #42
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That said, we certainly don't force those who believe differently to participate, and we do what we can to be inclusive.
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We avoid such things at our school. It is not fair here. That said someone donated stocking full of stuff for every child and we did send those home. The Holiday Concert is NOT faith based. It was described in the local newspaper as FUN and FUNKY!
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We avoid such things at our school. It is not fair here. That said someone donated stocking full of stuff for every child and we did send those home. The Holiday Concert is NOT faith based. It was described in the local newspaper as FUN and FUNKY!
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(sadly) Our school's holiday things are all religiously based.

The kids are not happy about it at all.
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Our holiday concert music is mostly not faith-based, but the concert is typically called a Christmas concert.
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My kids didn't have a Christmas program. But, they sing secular music as far as I can tell.
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Our kids have to go to church and they are meant to sing the songs with the whole school.

I have talked to the kids about it. We tell them that it's ok to believe or not believe in something but it's not ok to force someone to do or say (or sing) something they dont believe in.

So they understand they have to go with, as it's part of school, but they dont have to do anything they dont want to. And that no one can make them or punish them for not taking part or singing. They do however have to be respectful of the celebration and not disturb the fun for others.
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I ordered this...with a bit of luck it might be here in time for Tuesday.
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Link Jess....whatchaget???
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