We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,’ PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. ‘No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David,’ she told the New York Post. In place of holidays with religious symbolism, children at PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn were instead encouraged to celebrate a ‘harvest festival instead of Thanksgiving or a winter celebration instead of a Christmas party’ by assistant principal Jose Chaparro.
A memo last month from Mr Chaparro urged staff to ‘be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays.’