From Australia... http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/school-santa-ban-sacked/2005/11/21/1132421578758.html Green light for school Christmas celebrations By Jesse Hogan November 21, 2005 - 12:02PM A ban on Christmas celebrations at some state schools was political correctness gone too far for fear of offending "one or two people", Victoria's education minister has said. Lynne Kosky announced this morning that Victorian government schools will be asked to bring Christmas back to the classroom this year. Reacting to bans on Christmas celebrations in some schools in previous years, Ms Kosky said it was important that Australia's predominant religion Christianity was recognised by teachers. Several schools, kindergartens and child-care centres last year refused to stage Christmas celebrations, instead opting for more secular end-of-year parties. Ms Kosky said some had been over-cautious in deciding to cancel Christmas activities. "I think sometimes political correctness has been taken too far," Ms Kosky said this morning. "I think sometimes schools and child-care centres have often been over-cautious . . . concerned about offending one or two people. Really, we need to make sure that the predominant culture is looked after. "We want to make sure that Christmas is celebrated by our children, that they enjoy it and understand it before they go off for the Christmas holidays. "We really want schools, kindergartens and child-care centres to be celebrating Christmas so that children really recognise and understand the importance of it. "We are a multicultural society. Christianity is a very important part of that." Ms Kosky said non-Christian children would not be forced to take part in Christmas activities, and would be given other activities if requested by parents. The move has been endorsed by Premier Steve Bracks, who said the Government wanted to encourage tolerance of all faiths.