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Published: Friday, Dec. 6 2013 4:00 a.m. MST

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Terrie Bittner
Warminster, PA

When I homeschooled, we were not allowed to include anything on our timesheet that wasn't strictly educational. Disney movies, Disneyland trips, visits with Santa, pep rallies, parties...none of that could count. And yet, when my children were in public schools, all of it counted and the taxpayers paid for it. When I was in high school, the taxpayers footed the bill for a hypnotist show and a day at Disneyland.

Children go to school to be educated. Schools keep saying they need more hours to educate. Instead of lengthening the school year and school day and increasing the homework, perhaps they should take out the Santa visits, Disney movies, and other non-educational things. You can have fun while learning, but Santa really isn't educational. I loved Santa, but I was willing to do it on my own time, not on the government's dime.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Our school still sings religious hymns at our Holiday concert. And, yes, I say Holiday concert because that's what it's called because many people practice year-end celebrations. We have Christmas hymns, secular songs about Santa, and songs about Chanukah, Kwanzaa and yes, even songs about the winter solstice. That's what communities do; they celebrate each other. No one complains about our concerts because no one is excluded.

What better time of the year to practice inclusion than now? What better gift can we give than to love our neighbor as ourselves?

Jesus may be our "reason for the season," but if we want to share that with others we need to begin by making friends, not enemies.

Santa Monica, CA

Count me among those who would like to see more diversity celebrated during this time of the year. I'm not LDS, but the Jesus I pray to would probably give a thumbs up to including everyone and might just give a stern scowl to those who would seek to exclude on his birthday. If Santa is cool with everyone, I say fine. If he's into making my public school a place where those of the Jewish faith or those who celebrate Kwanza would feel anything less than welcome, he'll get a lump of coal in his stocking from me and a quick escort to the exit as I give him a hearty heave--ho ho ho, out the door!

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