A Victorian kindergarten has banned Santa and his sleigh, holly or any mention of a religious holiday this Christmas, as part of an effort to be inclusive of all religious and cultural groups, reports the Herald Sun.
"We are just trying to take an open approach to the holiday season," said spokeswoman of the Montessori Marvels Preschool in Greenvale, Marlene Guclu.
"We run a non-denominational, non-religious program," said Guclu , herself a Christian.
One parent, called Anna, rang up radio station 3AW to complain about a kindergarten in Greenvale, which she did not name.
"My son is getting really frustrated because I'm singing one song, and he's singing the other," she said. "They sing carols but they change the words. It doesn't have to be about religion."
But Ms Guclu said Christmas could still be discussed one-on-one with children.
"We want all families to feel welcome, of all nationalities," she said.
Saint Nick sacked from Victorian pre-school so not to offend religious groups (Herald Sun)
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