It’s the most wonderful time of year when the meaning of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” is put to the test in the arena of public schools.
It seems that each year, there is more and more consternation over what is acceptable in a public school when celebrating Christmas, in particular when it comes to the Christmas Concert/Holiday Concert/Winter Concert.
To help, I compiled an acceptable list for American public school districts to use when putting together their winter concerts. As you might know, the politically correct tell that we can no longer call them Christmas concerts and holiday concert just doesn’t seem right to some.
Before I give you the list of acceptable song for use in American public school district’s “winter concerts,” let’s talk about how we got here.
No indoctrination toward a specific religion can ever be allowed in American public schools.
Part of our American greatness is our ability to live in peace even with differences of viewpoints. It is not proper within a public school for any religion – including Humanism – to be suggested as superior to another.
While we are not a Christian nation, we were founded using Christian beliefs and principles. This explains why in 1870 President Grant included the establishment of Christmas as one of the first federal holidays, why “In God We Trust” is on our money, and “under God” is in our pledge.
However – thanks to our friends at the ACLU and similar ilk – the federal government’s celebration of Christmas (paid time off on December 25) is as illegal as having a Nativity in a public square. Where then is the outrage at taxpayer dollars being spent to celebrate a religious holiday?
It would be political suicide for a Congressional representative or the president to push for the removal Christmas as a federal holiday. Instead, the cowards are chipping away at Christ-Mass behind closed doors and in the dark.
Christmas is a Christian Holiday
Christmas is the celebration of the incarnation of God to humanity. Any attempt to portray Christmas as something else is lie.
Celebrations on December 25 that includes elements traditionally associated with Christmas are a celebration of the birth of the Jesus Christ. And no, it does not matter if He was actually born on this day; this is the day we celebrate it.
The secular world cannot form Christmas their own image. That would be like making the celebration of Martin Luther King a recruitment day for the KKK, using a menorah as a candle stand because it looks cool, or encouraging fasting during Ramadan as an eastern weight-loss program.
Only hypocrites would demand no mention of Christ within the the celebration of Christmas, and of course enlightened secularist could not be hypocrites; that is a title reserved for Christians, right?
Acceptable Music in Public School for Winter Concerts
Now to the list. First, need to remove all the offending songs.
No songs with the word Christmas can be allowed
Christmas means the “Mass of the Christ”. It is the name of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Christ. Songs that could not be a part of a winter concert include:
- 12 Days of Christmas
- All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
- All I Want For Christmas is You
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- Away in the Manger
- Blue Christmas
- Carol of the Bells
- Christmas In Killarney
- Christmas Shoes
- Christmas Time
- Feliz Navidad
- Go Tell It On The Mountain
- God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- Good King Wenceslas
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- White Christmas
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
- It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
- It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
- Joy To The World
- Last Christmas
- O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
- Oh, Holy Night
- Please Come Home For Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)
- Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
- Silent Night
- Silver Bells
- The Christmas Song
- The First Noel
- The Little Drummer Boy
- The Night Before Christmas
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- We Need a Little Christmas
- We Three Kings
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- White Christmas
- You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
No songs referencing Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas can be included
Saint Nicholas was a third-century Christian bishop. Almost all of the Christmas traditions associated with Santa Claus relate back to events in Saint Nicholas’ life.
The English name Santa Claus comes from the Dutch word “Sinterklaas.” While some claim Santa Claus is a 19th an20th-century marketing invention, songs, and poems, what we know today as Santa Claus is based on the actual life of Saint Nicholas.
Therefore, showings of the Polar Express in public school needs to stop.
Songs to exclude from a winter concert include:
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
- Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
- Must Be Santa
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Santa Baby
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- Up On The Housetop
No songs about Hanukkah or Kwanzaa can be part of a winter concert.
Therefore, an acceptable list of winter concert songs includes:
- Auld Lang Syne
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- Deck The Halls
- Frosty, The Snowman
- Home for the Holidays
- Jingle Bells
- Jingle Bells Rock
- Let It Snow
- Sleigh Ride
- Winter Wonderland
The True Meaning of Christmas
In case you are wondering what Christmas is all about, here is the answer Linus gave to Charlie Brown.