An England elementary school has banned students from giving each other Christmas cards over concerns about the “impact” on the environment.
Headteacher Jonathan Mason, from Belton Lane Primary School in Lincolnshire, claims in a letter sent to parents that it was actually children who approached him about concerns over the negative impact Christmas cards can have on the environment.
“I have been approached by a number of children recently who are concerned about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment,” he wrote.
Belton Lane Primary School has 279 students between the ages of four and 11.
“Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times,” Mason added.
He argued that the “manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.” One wonders if he got that line from concerned children …
Mason went on to encourage parents to “save money and the environment” by creating single Christmas cards for an entire class, as opposed to individual Christmas cards.
“Teachers can then display the cards in the classroom for everyone to see,” he wrote.
The ban is not just for this year either, as Mason suggested the policy would be how things would be going forward at the school.
“In order to be environmentally friendly in school we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards,” he wrote.
The letter was sent to 275 parents, according to Daily Mail, and many of them are not happy with Scrooge Mason.
“I know quite a few parents who are upset about this,” one parent told Daily Mail. “Why should children have the joy of taken out of Christmas? Why can’t all these cards be recycled anyway? And I buy a lot of Christmas cards for charity.”
Another parent said, “Telling people to stop sending cards in a letter sent out to hundreds of kids stinks of rank hypocrisy. I hope parents boycott these Grinch-like plans and keep this tradition alive by sending lots of cards to their little pals.”
“They are mostly recyclable anyway,” that parent added. “I agree that environmental issues are important but I don’t see recyclable Christmas cards as a massive contributor to these problems.”
This is just the latest move in the war on Christmas. Grinches around the world have done everything from pressure stores to drop the word “Christmas” to protest channels like Hallmark for daring to air family-friendly holiday pictures that apparently aren’t diverse enough.
Many took to social media to criticize Mason and his anti-Christmas card decision.
“Would be a good idea to send Mr Mason a Christmas card from every pupil,” one Facebook user wrote in reaction to the news.
“Most cards are made from responsibly sourced paper and are recyclable. So what’s the problem. Just out to spoil Christmas for the children by the sound of it. Bah humbug,” another commented.
So a primary school head teacher in Lincoln has banned pupils from sending Christmas Cards…..what’s the world coming to?
— Steve (@SJThomas_) December 4, 2019
Outrageous! Have they have any legal footing?
— HollieTheCard (@HollieTheCard) December 3, 2019
Mr Mason should stick to being a headmaster & leave climate change to the professionals.
— brian berridge . (@blberridge) December 4, 2019
Bet his kids call him grinch among other things
— Andy Tewkes (@andy11575245) December 3, 2019
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