At my last school it was our choice how we wanted to decorate for the holidays, everyone did what they wanted. I never put up a tree because I didn’t feel the need and didn’t see the point in doing so at school. The kids get enough of this at home and many schools don’t even allow it. My new district puts up Christmas trees in all the classrooms. None of us Kindergarten teachers wanted the school trees. We all have small trees of our own that we would rather use. I also said I didn’t want one because I have a student who is a Jehovah’s Witness. My P came in yesterday afternoon and asked me again why I didn’t want a tree. I said I had a Jehovah’s Witness and I wasn’t sure how her family would feel about it and I didn’t want to make her uncomfortable. My P then told me that she would hate for the “other kids” or families to get upset because they are the only class without a Christmas tree due to just “one student” being Jehovah’s Witness! She then went into a talk about how this is her favorite time of year and she always loved doing holiday activities with her kids at this time. She seemed very concerned that the “other kids” could miss out on all these activities because of “one student”. I’m conflicted and frustrated! I don’t like how my P pretty much segregated this student because of their faith. I also felt like she was telling me I HAD to have a tree without coming out and saying it. I know everyone else is doing it and this is clearly something that seems tradition in the school…but I also don’t feel that I should make this student feel uncomfortable just so everyone else can have a Christmas tree. My classroom is meant to be a conducive learning environment for EVERYONE! I can differentiate my activities and get holiday stuff in with ALL my kids! -Do I need to have a tree? -How do you decorate for the holidays? -Any helpful suggestions from anyone who is or has Jehovah’s Witness students.