Children of Differing Faiths Share Their Views on Christmas

December 22, 2000

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On December 22, 2000, the Omaha World-Herald reported that Omaha Columbian Elementary School has a Christmas tree in the office, a Hannukah display in the trophy case and Ramadan books in the library during the holiday season. While the attempt has been to expose children to a multitude of cultures during this season, it is still difficult for those who do not celebrate Christmas not to feel left out. Sahar, al-Turk, a Muslim who has two daughters in school, said she credits the schools with providing students with the chance to learn about other cultures. It is still difficult for her younger daughter to understand why they do not celebrate Christmas, though. Local Jewish students also say they feel left out during this time, especially when Christmas is advertized all over the media and in stores. One Jewish student said it is easier now, because Christmas has strayed from its religious roots. One Hindu student says his family celebrated Christmas for the holiday spirit.