School officials in the town of Tewksbury, MA, have voted unanimously to banish 'Christmas' vacation and a number of local residents are outraged by the decision.
"It is a way to be more inclusive and more reflective of 2010, where you have so many people from so many walks of life who don't necessarily observe Christmas," former School Committee member Richard O'Neill told the Lowell Sun. He introduced the recommendation last March.
So Christmas vacation is out -- winter vacation is in.
"Political correctness had nothing to do with it," he told the newspaper. The school system said they wanted to give Christmas a generic designation similar to other holiday breaks.
But local residents consider the decision to be Grinch-like.
"They're changing the name? Why? Who got offended now?" asked Mary Firth. "I'm not against anyone's religion, whether they're Jewish or Muslim or anything else. I don't even have children in the school system. But it concerns me that you start with this and who knows where it stops. Once Tewksbury does it, all these other towns are going to follow."
Basil Doucette Jr., told the newspaper he is offended by anybody who is offended.
"Come on. Who's it hurting?" Doucette said. "They've called it Christmas vacation for years. Now all of a sudden we're telling the little ones that it's not all right? I'm too old to start changing now."