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“I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter,” wrote Principal Jennifer Ford in a letter to parents of the Peabody School in Cambridge. “Our first through fourth grade concert as well as our kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year.” …
Instead, Jolly Old Saint Nick has been relegated to a family sing-along on the day before Christmas Eve. Thompson said as if they are saying Santa is not “good enough for the main show.”
The school was afraid even that even the presence of Old St. Nick overly sensitive residents.
“I am sensitive to the fact that you may not want your child involved in this event,” Ford wrote in a letter obtained by the Boston Globe. “If you prefer that your child spend time with me that afternoon, please let me know. I will be in the library, playing games and reading books with the children.” …
Jeffrey Young…superintendent of…public education…told the Globe he doesn’t understand why Santa needs to visit the Peabody School.
“There’s no anti-Santa sentiment,” he told the newspaper. “It’s just that there’s no pro-Santa sentiment either … Santa’s not on the top of my list.”