A teacher in Maine was told to take down the adorable hot pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree she had placed her classroom, and she was not too happy about it. "When I first started teaching, we had parties the last day of school before vacation and the kids would bring in cookies and we played holiday music—none of that is allowed now," the teacher, Catherine Gordon, added.
After the post went viral, superintendent Betsy Webb said that the tree would be allowed to return. "In public schools, it is permissible to teach students about religion," she wrote, explaining her initial decision. "Yet, it is not permissible to observe religious holidays or practice religion in public schools."
Fair enough. You certainly wouldn't want to offend people who don't happen to practice medieval European paganism, from which the custom of the Christmas tree is derived.