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Great Britain: School bans Santa from wearing red - because it reminds pupils of Coca-Cola
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 21, 2007

Posted on 11/21/2007 8:59:43 AM PST by Stoat

School bans Santa from wearing red - because it reminds pupils of Coca-Cola

Last updated at 16:37pm on 21st November 2007

Santa Claus is being forced to wear a green suit when visiting a school this year, after teachers decided the traditional red outfit would remind pupils of Coca-Cola.

 

Education chiefs have also banned the annual Christmas grotto - favouring an eastern European version of the festive season instead.

Staff at the Steiner School in Brighton, East Sussex, claim the red-suited Santa is a symbol of "modern commercialism" and reminds children of Coca-Cola adverts.

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Father Christmas and Coca-Cola have long been linked via Coke's advertising campaigns

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They want its 200 pupils - aged from three to 16 - to experience more traditional values and customs, and have arranged for a Santa wearing a green outfit and slippers to visit them instead.

School spokesman Sarah James said visitors hoping to find the traditional jolly white-bearded fellow will be disappointed.

She added: "The red-suited Santa was created as a marketing tool by Coca-Cola, it is a symbol of commercialism.

"The school want to give the children a different view of things."

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The Steiner School in Brighton has taken a tough stance on Santa

Santa's grotto will be abandoned with kids instead visiting a gnome's home which they can crawl inside.

They will then be told a moral story and given fake rocks to break open with mini-hammers - to reveal crystals.

Mrs James added: "The school isn't trying to be a spoilsport or anything like that.

"The children are bound to come across Santa Claus plenty of times in the run up to Christmas and we're happy for them to.

"We just want the bazaar to give them a different experience.

 

No place for Santa: The poster for the Christmas bazaar advertises a 'GNOMES' grotto

 

"There will also be a craft market, candle dipping and choir performances as well as gingerbread decorating, homemade food and live music - in accordance with eastern European traditions."

But mum-of-two Cheryl Williams, 24, from Hove, said: "What a load of nonsense!

"What are they going to ban next - snow?

"Once again the PC brigade have clamped down on everyone's fun."

And amateur historian David Baker, from Brighton, said: "There are images of a red-suited santa going back to before the creation of Coca-Cola.

"Thomas Nast drew images of Merry Old Santa Claus that shows Santa in his red suit.

"If my research is correct, Coca-Cola wasn't even invented until 1886."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: anticapitalist; badsanta; brighton; britain; christmas; england; greatbritain; grinchstolechristmas; loonyparade; ministryofbadideas; pcstupidity; santa; santaclaus; steiner; steinerschool; uk; unitedkingdom; waronchristmas
According to the school's website, they have a "Snow Queen's Grotto"

 

Saturday 1st December 07: Christmas Bazaar
Time: 11am - 4pm  Venue: Main School
You are warmly invited to come and look around the beautiful setting of our School Bazaar. There will be children's activities, many craft stalls, story telling and Snow Queen's Grotto. Sit in our festive cafe and enjoy carol singing and various entertainments. 50p entrance fee.

Brighton Steiner School - Forthcoming Events

1 posted on 11/21/2007 8:59:45 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Will they have a “Family Tree?”


2 posted on 11/21/2007 9:01:32 AM PST by ichabod1 ("Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Stoat

PC gone berserk.


3 posted on 11/21/2007 9:03:11 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Stoat
This story reminds me of pot.

4 posted on 11/21/2007 9:03:39 AM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Stoat
National flag of China banned in Britain!!

"It reminds me of Coca-cola," remarked Gerald Trelawney, barrister, East Surrey.

5 posted on 11/21/2007 9:04:01 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: Stoat

?!?!?!!???!?!?!?!!??!?!????


6 posted on 11/21/2007 9:04:23 AM PST by LIConFem (Thompson 2008. Lifetime ACU Rating: 86 -- Hunter 2008 (VP) Lifetime ACU Rating: 92)
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To: Stoat

If Santa was created by Coca Cola, there would certainly be a lot of infringement suits filed by The Coca Cola Company. I would remove my child from that school toot sweet.


7 posted on 11/21/2007 9:04:45 AM PST by Bruinator
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To: Stoat
" You are warmly invited to come and look around the beautiful setting of our School Bazaar.

Bazaar? Bizarre. The green is probably a salute to Islam. Like the new NBC logo.

8 posted on 11/21/2007 9:05:47 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Stoat
The red-suited Santa was created as a marketing tool by Coca-Cola, it is a symbol of commercialism.
"The school want to give the children a different view of things."

Does that include painting the school's red brick exterior?

9 posted on 11/21/2007 9:06:06 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Stoat
The Steiner School in Brighton has taken a tough stance on Santa

It might detract from that goofy Royal Pavilion.

10 posted on 11/21/2007 9:07:36 AM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: Stoat

Maybe if someone told them that Santa wears red because he is a communist, then they would be more accepting.


11 posted on 11/21/2007 9:07:59 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Stoat

First they forbid Christmas in any public place. Eventually, they will call it a hate crime to say “Merry Christmas”.


12 posted on 11/21/2007 9:09:33 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Damn the left.)
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To: Stoat
"If my research is correct, Coca-Cola wasn't even invented until 1886."

This from 1862

This one from 1869

1881


13 posted on 11/21/2007 9:10:59 AM PST by Domandred (Eagles soar, but unfortunately weasels never get sucked into jet engines)
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To: Stoat
She added: "The red-suited Santa was created as a marketing tool by Coca-Cola, it is a symbol of commercialism.

I would worry about a school that doesn't bother to research it's "facts".

http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/santa.asp

I'm guessing that the spokeswoman who spouted the "Coke" nonsense was simply trying to look for a rational explanation for something they had already decided to do. She apparently thought that the "commercialism" argument would work so she accepted the 'urban legend' to support her case. Thank goodness for the age of the internet and the near instantaneous fact checking ability it gives!
14 posted on 11/21/2007 9:12:46 AM PST by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: Stoat

That’s not why they want Santa to wear green.

They want him in green for the same reason Wal*Mart and others have green Christmas ornaments only decorating their websites.

No announcement (they’re learning)- just green period. Maybe it’s my art background but green ornaments only is just very jarring to me.

http://www.walmart.com/


15 posted on 11/21/2007 9:20:59 AM PST by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: contemplator; All
She added: "The red-suited Santa was created as a marketing tool by Coca-Cola, it is a symbol of commercialism.

I would worry about a school that doesn't bother to research it's "facts".

http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/santa.asp

I'm guessing that the spokeswoman who spouted the "Coke" nonsense was simply trying to look for a rational explanation for something they had already decided to do. She apparently thought that the "commercialism" argument would work so she accepted the 'urban legend' to support her case. Thank goodness for the age of the internet and the near instantaneous fact checking ability it gives!

Thanks very much for the link!

Anyone wishing to contact this fine school and compliment them on the intellectual stature of their teachers and of their dedication to factual accuracy, as well as their refusal to bend to the fashionable winds of Leftist secularism are welcome to do so here:

Brighton Steiner School - Contact

 

Thank you for your interest in Brighton Steiner School. We welcome all enquiries and will happily answer any questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to contact us by one of the methods below. Thank you.

The Brighton Steiner School
Roedean Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN2 5RA (Map)
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1273 386300
Fax: +44 (0)1273 386313
Email: enquiries@brightonsteinerschool.org.uk

 

 

(Hopefully I don't need to add a "sarcasm" tag here......)

16 posted on 11/21/2007 9:24:20 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Green reminds me of Mint Oreoes.....and gnomes remind me of Travelocity....and don’t get me started on mushrooms.... ;)

Why don’t they just cancel Christmas....and Boxing Day (too violent)....


17 posted on 11/21/2007 9:30:37 AM PST by seeker_two
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
Maybe if someone told them that Santa wears red because he is a communist, then they would be more accepting.

Why do you think they have him wearing the color of the Green Party?

18 posted on 11/21/2007 9:35:03 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: Stoat

I see that the admission is 50p.

Tell her that you read about this uproar and that while you don’t agree with her, you do support her right to speak out against commercialism. Tell her that you find 50p to be too much and that you’d like a wee discount.

If she asks how much of a discount you’d like, tell her 2p off.


19 posted on 11/21/2007 9:37:35 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: weegee

LMAO!! :-)


20 posted on 11/21/2007 9:38:39 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: weegee

I thought of that possibility too. I believe some version of the jolly old elf does wear green but, considering that they believed that the red suit was invented by Coke, I’m sure that they chose green because...well...shouldn’t everything be “green” these days?


21 posted on 11/21/2007 9:49:28 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Stoat

There are places on earth that think Coca-Cola and Hollywood movies dubbed in the local language when thinking about America.


22 posted on 11/21/2007 9:51:20 AM PST by RightWhale (anti-razors are pro-life)
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To: Stoat

Apologies to Benny Hill...


23 posted on 11/21/2007 10:00:11 AM PST by weegee (End the Bush-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton-Clinton/Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton/Clinton Oligarchy 1980-2012)
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To: Stoat

I had to check and see if this was SCRAPPLEFACE...it ISN’T???!!!! It’s crazy.


24 posted on 11/21/2007 10:22:54 AM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: Stoat
Perhaps they should remove the red parts from the Union Flag.


25 posted on 11/21/2007 11:06:31 AM PST by reg45
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To: Stoat

Line these teachers up against a wall and whip them for gross stupidity.


26 posted on 11/21/2007 11:14:56 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Stoat
...have arranged for a Santa wearing a green outfit...

I want a 7-UP with a side of MountainDew right NOW!!

FMCDH(BITS)

27 posted on 11/21/2007 11:41:48 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Stoat
Red reminds people of Santa? lol
Red reminds me of lingerie, why I dont know...
28 posted on 11/21/2007 11:44:27 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Stoat

According to the website it costs parents seven and a half thousand pounds a year to send their kids to this school. Guess they can do what they like if their customers are happy.


29 posted on 11/21/2007 11:58:38 AM PST by UKTory
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To: goodnesswins
I had to check and see if this was SCRAPPLEFACE...it ISN’T???!!!! It’s crazy.

The Left always seems to have a knack for exceeding the threshold of rational believability, don't they?

Next thing you know, they'll be wanting us to give up our cars, drink rat's milk and embrace Islamofascism.!

Oooops...wait a minute........

30 posted on 11/21/2007 2:27:37 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: reg45
Perhaps they should remove the red parts from the Union Flag.

Since the red parts are the combined presence of the Saint George's Cross and the Saint Patrick's Cross, I have no doubt that the anti-Christian Left, who endlessly bleat about 'tolerance' and 'diversity' have a visceral, seething hate for the flag already on the grounds that it is a 'religious flag' and most likely prefer the EU or UN flags, or a rainbow flag made by authentic homosexuals.

UNION JACK UNION FLAG OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

The Saint George's Cross has been a focal point of disdain for the 'tolerance fascists' for some time

Great Britain Navy bans St.George flags (Flag said to upset Turks; reminder of Crusades)

31 posted on 11/21/2007 2:58:24 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: aruanan
Line these teachers up against a wall and whip them for gross stupidity.

Although I of course applaud your sentiments, I have a concern that such a worthy punishment might end up being counterproductive, as such a public spectacle would provide a certain gratification for the numerous teachers there who very likely appreciate 'alternative' sexual habits such as bondage and sadomasochism, as well as those who would be delighted to become a martyr for 'secular tolerance'.

Hopefully, the widespread ridicule that will be heaped upon them all as a result of the publicity surrounding their deconstruction of Christmas traditions will provide an adequate level of shame, and thoughtful parents who had been previously unaware of the leanings of this particular school will rethink any plans to send their children there.

32 posted on 11/21/2007 3:10:37 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Let's Roll

I like red, with white and blue :)


33 posted on 11/21/2007 3:19:17 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

There ya go!


34 posted on 11/21/2007 8:23:22 PM PST by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: seeker_two

I have long ago written off England as any friend to the US.
It’s a country gone mad , the once proud British now kissing Islamic arses whenever possible. We can’t count on them any more. Soon they will be an Islamic country all together and Santa will be executed.


35 posted on 11/21/2007 8:32:09 PM PST by sonic109
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To: Stoat
It's about climate change. From an environmentalist website:

" The Green Christmas is being staged by Australia’s major environmental education organisation, Gould formed in 1909

Green Santa’s media spokesperson Ron Smith today said, ”Mr Claus realises the move to change to green to promote climate change issues will also bring a range of other changes which will need to be implemented”.

“This will include the renaming of his famous red nose reindeer Rudolph whose name will be changed to Gary the Green Nose Reindeer and of course will also lead to the rewriting of the famous Christmas carol”.

“Santa’s elves traditionally dressed in green will remain the same.”

“Mr Claus understands this will cause some upset with people who prefer the traditional red Santa costume, however, the climate change threat to the world’s environment required everyone to be involved and show their support for action.”

Mr Smith said that the Green Santa is keen to promote environmental messages to people purchasing Christmas gifts "

36 posted on 11/21/2007 8:43:50 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: endthematrix

Oh no , even Christmas is being dragged into the Global warming Fraud


37 posted on 11/21/2007 8:53:44 PM PST by sonic109
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To: contemplator

She added: “The red-suited Santa was created as a marketing tool by Coca-Cola, it is a symbol of commercialism.


That’s not what she said. She actually said “The red-suited Santa makes us think of Coca-Cola advertising. We want to go back to the original Saint Nicholaus dressed in green.”

The Daily Mail (the paper that supported Hitler) is printing it’s own version of the “truth” again.

Oh, and green is just as valid as red for Santa. Dickens’ version was dressed in green.


38 posted on 11/22/2007 9:47:21 AM PST by ThatchersKiddie
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To: ThatchersKiddie

I’m don’t doubt that a newspaper reporter might have their own agenda, but how do you know what she actually said? Please provide a source.


39 posted on 11/22/2007 12:26:43 PM PST by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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