Yorkshire school that ‘cancelled Christmas’ reinstates it after hundreds of letters

A school that threatened to ban Christmas has been persuaded to reinstate it after receiving hundreds of “thoughtful” letters and emails from pupils.

Lady Lumley’s school in Pickering, North Yorkshire, cast itself as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge when it told pupils that the true meaning of Christmas had been “buried under an avalanche of commercialisation”.

Religious education teacher Chris Paul told students that Christmas was “a day celebrating the birth of Jesus and should be a time of goodwill to all” but that its original meaning had been lost. Even Santa Claus, Paul said, “was probably invented by the Coca-Cola company”.