My family and I just returned to Mexico from a trip to my home state of Oklahoma where I was able to catch up on some of the developments in my hometown alma mater, where I was a student from 1st grade to 12th grade.
From my nephew, a third-grader, I learned that a number of time-honored activities have been abolished on the playground. (War on Boys, Fear of Litigation, or both?). It is now prohibited for boys in the early elementary grades to play tag, play Army (or wield any sort of imaginary firearm), to play any form of tag, or even to play Red Rover. In my day these were all permitted.
On the other hand, the War Against Christmas has not taken over my old school. Students are actually allowed to sing Christmas carols about the birth of Christ. I was permitted to give talks to 5th and 6th graders about
Christmas in Mexico
. And, when I visited my 5-year old niece`s Pre-K class, I saw nativity scenes and pictures of the Baby Jesus.
So Christmas is thriving in my old school.