Texas School Bans Christmas Trees, As Well As the Colors Red and Green

An elementary school in Frisco, Texas is planning a “winter” party with the halls decked out in… PURPLE?

Nichols Elementary School will not have a Christmas tree, and boys and girls will not be permitted to make any reference to Christmas.  Also banned are the colors red and green.

According to Todd Starnes writing at Fox News, Texas State Representative Pat Fallon, who introduced a successful bill in the Texas Legislature last year titled the “Merry Christmas Bill”, was alerted to the new school policy by an angry parent.  Fallon said:

“When Gov. Perry signed ‘The Merry Christmas Bill,’ clearly that didn’t solve the issue.  The battle rages on.  It’s distressing.”

The school countered, saying that they had been unaware of the notice to parents and of the policy, and that in fact, students could mention Christmas whenever they wished.  Nonetheless, the policy remains in place.

Representative Fallon insists that despite his clarification regarding Texas law, the school-imposed ban remains in place.  The superintendent of schools is allowing principals to set their own policies regarding celebrations during the holiday season.  “That leads,” Fallon says, “to confusion, misinterpretation and flaunting of the law.”

The school principal has explained in an email to a concerned parent that they don’t want to offend any families [who might not celebrate the Christmas holiday], since each family contributes money to the school.

Fallon has directed a letter to each school official in the district, reminding them that

“Texas law clearly permits Christmas-themed celebrations, events and displays,” Fallon wrote.  “The district may also display scenes or symbols with traditional winter holidays (e.g. nativity scenes, Christmas trees, menorahs, etc.”

To date there has been no change in the school district’s policy.

Read the rest of Todd Starnes’ report here.


UPDATE:  There has been an outcry from readers, who point out that the “No Christmas” policy did not originate with the school, the school district or the PTA.  The local Fox News affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth has an update to the story which will help to clarify what’s going on down in Texas.  Check it out here.


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  • Jeffrey Weiss

    You may want to amend your post:

    Wednesday, the school district emailed FOX 4 a response regarding the party rules, saying:

    “The school was unaware of this and it was not an official PTA correspondence either. There have never been any limitations on what students wear, what they bring to share with their classmates on party days… what greetings people exchange with each other.”

    Read more: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/24139381/state-lawmaker-parents#ixzz2mhl7R1Jk

  • Jeffrey Weiss

    And here’s the link to the school district’s statement. http://www.friscoisd.org/news/2013/12/05/holidays-in-schools

  • Rick Connor

    Maybe they’re trying for a penitential/joyful Advent theme for the weeks before Christmas? That would work!

  • Marie

    Rick, I agree! I am a Christian and I have always disagreed with holding Christmas parties during Advent. We need to reclaim the celebration of the true Christmas Season which _starts_ Dec 25th and does not stop on the 26th like most people think. I think I’d be okay with the purple. 🙂

  • stage9

    Offend the many to appease the few. Typical secular logic.

    • UWIR

      If Group A is offended by people saying offensive things, and Group B is offended by people not saying offensive things (as is generally the case in conflicts over church/state separation), then of course we should focus on Group A’s concerns, and not Group B’s, regardless of how many people are in each group. The fact that you frame your objection as being based on the number of people in each group, rather the actual validity of their concerns, speaks to an amoral value system in which might makes right.

  • Megan Seekings

    Don’t you just love typical politically correct logic? Yup… In our mission to not offend anyone (who never showed signs of being offended before mind you) we will now make a motion that will guarantee that we offend and tick off as many people as humanly possible!

    At heart, this is not a war or struggle of faiths nor belief. The fight is one of tradition, values, and really just plain common sense. More, more, and more ‘Political Correctness’ has run amok in this country causing far more upset, offense, and damage than all that it swears to protect. You don’t have to be religious to be opposed to this insanity. You don’t have to be religious to say enough is enough. If we don’t put a foot down to protect our centuries old traditions and nostalgia for the next generation then who will? I hope the parents of this school refuse to back down.

    • UWIR

      Don’t you just love typical religious logic? Just accept everything that advances your argument as true, regardless of whether there’s actually evidence for it. Funny how conservatives don’t want the government in charge of health care, but apparently they do want it in charge of protecting “traditions and nostalgia”. If the only way you can celebrate Christmas is if your school organizes a party for you, you have some serious problems.

  • moseynon

    Does the winter party rules refer to decorations set up by adults, or does it restrict the childrens’ expression? I think it is important to know this, before we can evaluate the situation. I hope some news outlet will post the entire email which is being discussed, and not just a snippet.

  • Mack

    It was on the ‘net; it MUST be true. (sarcasm)

    • Billy Bean

      I think maybe you mean, “It was about the ongoing disenfranchisement of Christians from the public square– it can’t possibly be true” (sarcasm)

      • UWIR

        I think you mean “I object to anyone not swallowing every claim made by Christians without question, and I insist on pretending that such an attitude constitutes having a closed mind”. Christians are not being “disenfranchised”. For you to pretend that Christians are victims is offensive.

  • IRVCath

    I have no idea about the situation on the ground, but don’t you think the choice of purple woul be more, not less, sectarian? Purple is the liturgical color of the season, after all. And we can all wish each other Happy Advent. 😛

    You can’t faze us, we’re Catholic!

  • oyebanjo olusegun

    If am blind,deaf & dumb, I have no reason to blame other men for been joyous and happy, am bound to respect their believe.Wake up, wake up, too much of liberal thoughts is corroding your society. I confess and Believe in God the Father,God the Son,God the Holy Spirit. Amen

  • John Palatucci

    Meanwhile what about the other parents who contribute money to the same school who happen to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord? Lefties always speak out of two mouths. So, the kids should start saying Blessed Advent and wear soemthng purple each day.

  • believes

    totally crazy people should be allowed to celebrate anyway they believe we do still live in a FREE COUNTRY GOD BLESS AND SAVE AMERICA

  • UWIR

    “The school countered, saying that they had been unaware of the notice to parents and of the policy, and that in fact, students could mention Christmas whenever they wished. Nonetheless, the policy remains in place.”

    So… the school is flat-out denying responsibility for the policy, yet you are claiming that the policy remains in place, anyway? How can there be a policy, if the school is not aware of it?

    ” “That leads,” Fallon says, “to confusion, misinterpretation and flaunting of the law.” ”

    Not having the district micromanage every party is bad? Also, learn the difference between “flaunting” and “flouting”. And I don’t recall Fallon worrying about the “flaunting” [sic] of the law when atheists are the victims.

    • kathyschiffer

      Hello, UWIR. I’ve spoken with staff in Representative Fallon’s office; they notified me of a radio interview he was doing following a meeting with school personnel. I will publish an update when I have time. I assume that then, you will be more courteous.

  • kilah foster

    the fact that the principals have the choice and control over whether or not the school gets to show the Christmas tree is a horrible idea concerning the fact that you could possibly ruin the childhood, or at least part of it, for these elementary students. The children should be aloud to wear red and green. The students should not have to miss out on the choice of a joyous time if the principal says that he/she doesn’t want it in school. The principals opinion could also get in the way of the ruling. In my thoughts… this is completely wrong and arrogant.