This came from a friend of mine who works in a school district in the Houston area. I have removed some identifiers, but you get the meat of the memo. This is why my kids are going to private school. Starts below... This is an exciting time of the year for our children. Please use the district guidelines provided below as you plan for the coming weeks. Christmas Observations/Seasonal Decorations As we approach the holiday season, please remember that the concept of religious neutrality should also be evident in decorations that are placed on, underneath, and near any Christmas trees in your building common areas, in the classrooms, and in any offices. We should not be utilizing any symbols among these seasonal decorations that are generally recognized as religious Our Christmas activities and programs in the **** schools are seasonal celebrations and not religious observances. If you find it appropriate, you may want to acknowledge other similar observances that are occurring at this same time in the United States and around the world. In any event, our emphasis is on education and not religion. Therefore, your students should enjoy the coming month and proceed with the kinds of Christmas programs, decorations and celebration that are appropriate for our student body. Each school day is important and all of us have to be certain that the excitement of the Christmas season and the forthcoming holidays do not diminish our effectiveness and responsibility for a strong instructional program those last several days of the final week.