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School reverses Christmas 'ban' after receiving hundreds of letters

Lady Lumley school banned Christmas over commercialisation. Photo:

A school that threatened to "ban" Christmas over fears about commercialisation has reversed its decision.

Lady Lumley school took the initial step over its belief that the true message of Christmas had been "lost and buried under an avalanche of commercialisation".

But students at the school in Pickering, North Yorkshire, wrote to their RE teacher, Chris Paul, explaining why festivities shouldn't be banned - with the decision since being reversed.

Mrs Paul had suggested that Christmas should be a time of "good will to all", but instead can be "a very stressful, expensive, argumentative and lonely time".

After receiving more than 500 emails and letters on the subject, the school announced on Tuesday that it had "brought back Christmas".

Lady Lumley's school in Pickering. Credit: Google Street View

In a letter to parents, headteacher Richard Bramley said: “Those students who really thought about the situation and challenged the decision appropriately created the change and brought back Christmas."

He said that students had been asked to challenge the status quo and consider: "Why should we do things just because we have always done them?"

Mr Bramley added: "The exercise allowed us to consider the use and misuse of social media, how to present our challenge to the local and national media, and how not expressing views in an appropriate way meant you were not listened to.

"We were able to link this to political and social change in society and how apathy allows people to do things you may not want."

Lady Lumley’s is a secondary school and sixth form with more than 850 pupils.