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How to Request Less Christmas in the Classroom

How to Request Less Christmas in the Classroom

For kids that don’t celebrate Christmas, December can be a tough time of year. Many schools and classrooms have Christmas related activities that are meant to add joy, but can leave Jewish students feeling ostracized. Many families also opt to pull their kids out of activities that involve Christmas like music concerts that include Christmas carols. Here are some tips on how to request less Christmas in the classroom.


Start Early

Timing is key. Teachers, administrators, and PTA’s are working hard to plan for upcoming months. The best time to talk to them about limiting Christmas in the classroom is in the beginning of November when plans haven’t yet been made.


Be Flexible With Your Expectations

While some schools will ask teachers not to have any holiday celebrations that may leave feeling excluded, most schools and many classrooms will have some sort of acknowledgement of the upcoming Christmas holiday. Christmas is everywhere and it’s just natural that it would spill into our schools. What is your goal? Perhaps the goal is to give other winter holidays some attention too or just limit the amount of Christmas related activities.


Example Letter

Dear Teacher/Administrator,

I don’t know what your plans are as far as “holiday” activities are concerned, but I wanted to reach out early to ask that there not be too many Christmas related activities. Our family doesn’t celebrate Christmas and for kids who don’t, this can be a very difficult time of year. It often feels like the whole world is participating in something that you’re not and I’d like school to feel like a safe place. If you will be talking about Christmas and would like to include a discussion of Hanukkah, I’d be glad to pass along some resources. We want everyone to have a good time.

Thanks,

Kiddo’s Parent


Key Points

  • I know the holidays are coming up
  • Limit Christmas activities
  • Switch for other fun activities
  • Share Hanukkah
  • Request details because your family may not participate some activities

Winter-Themed Classroom Ideas

There are plenty of ways to have fun in December that don’t involved decorating Christmas trees in your classroom. Here are some fun and creative winter-themed classroom activity ideas.

More winter-themed activities

  • Snow
  • Penguins
  • Polar Bears
  • Snowflakes
  • Snowmen
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Ski
  • Ice Skating
  • Snowballs

Symmetrical Snowflake Craft for Kids

Less Christmas-themed activities

  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Santa
  • Christmas Trees
  • Angel
  • References to Jesus
  • Christmas Present Wish Lists
Symmetrical Snowflake Winter Craft
Classroom Winter Party
Winter-Themed Classroom Holiday Party Activities
Simple Polar Bear Origami

Hanukkah Resources

What is Hanukkah?

How to Play Dreidel Printable

Washi Tape Menorah Template

Hanukkah Activities for Preschoolers

Hanukkah TV Episodes for Kids

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