Strong majority support legally protecting celebrating winter holidays in NH schools - 520 participants

Dec 11, 2016

In 2013, Texas passed the “Merry Christmas Bill”, a law that states that teachers and students have the right to display winter holiday decorations and exchange holiday greetings. The bill also allows for the display of menorahs, Christmas trees or nativity scenes provided more than one religion is represented or a secular symbol is included. There is currently no effort in New Hampshire to legally protect the right to celebrate winter holidays in schools. Read more about this issue. On December 11, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH legally protect the right to acknowledge traditional winter holidays in schools?”

“Should NH legally protect the right to acknowledge traditional winter holidays in schools?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Winter Holidays in Schools NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation:

A total of 84% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, 520 individuals made a total of 1,159 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 72% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported NH legally protecting traditional winter holidays.

  • “Yes. Christmas is a national holiday, and has been celebrated in this country for centuries... Christmas is part of our culture.”
  • “My children should be able to celebrate holidays in school, and so should other kids. Let them learn about each other and what their families celebrate.”
  • “This shouldn’t be a debate. We are in America and if you don’t like our god or values, get out.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 28%, were against NH legally protecting traditional winter holidays.

  • “I have grown up celebrating Christmas and believe… that religion has no business being in schools at all what so ever.”
  • “I just don't see a need for legal intervention to protect representation of one’s holiday.”
  • “The people who support this are trying to use public resources to surround other people's children with images of Santa Claus, et al., at school, to further entrench their religions and their rituals into the government itself.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • School policy without addressing legal issues: “There is nothing wrong with children learning about other people's traditions. I think it helps them respect the fact that we are all different and that it's okay to have different beliefs or traditions.”
  • Religious tolerance: “Everyone should be respectful of other religions unless that religion does harm to people.”
  • History of winter celebrations: “The Puritans did not celebrate Christmas.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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