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<p>I am a teacher.  My students are four and five years old.  It is tradition in my classroom that I call my students my "chickens" and for Christmas I will make them a glass ornament filled with white feathers, and I draw a chicken face and wings on the front.  I then write their names on the back.  If for some reason I have a child repeat, as sometimes happens if their birthday is right after the Kindergarten date, then the following year I fill the bulb with mini marshmellows and draw a snowman face on it instead.</p>
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<p>I made all eighteen ornaments last night, then realized that one of my student's families does not celebrate Christmas because of their religion.  They don't have a tree, they don't do Santa, none of the sort.  However, they are allowing her to participate in our little singing concert, where we sing Jingle Bells and other secular songs not related to Christ.  So I wonder if it will still be okay to give her the ornament I already made for her?  Or would you be offended as a parent if you did not celebrate Christmas?  They don't have a tree but perhaps she could hang it in her room.  It doesn't really scream "christmas" because it is a chicken.  LOL<br><br>
If this would offend you, please tell me, I want to know.  Also, what are other alternatives?<br><br>
Because they are breakable, I always hand the bags with the ornaments directly to the parents at the party we have after the concert.  So it would be impossible for me to exclude one child.  However, I could put the ornament bags directly in to their mailboxes and then this child would never know about it.  I find that pretty much none of the kids ever talk about how "Miss J made me an ornament" or anything, so there is a good chance none of them would ever mention it to her.</p>
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<p>Or maybe I could fill her gift bag with cookies or something like that instead?<br><br>
I will ask my boss on the next time I see her and see what she says.  But she might not know if it would be offensive either, so that is why I am asking in here where there are lots of Mothers who can tell me their honest opinions. </p>
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<p>ETA:  The reason that I cannot skip it altogether, besides the fact I already made them, is that I do have one repeat child this year.  And she has already announced to everyone that "Miss J made me a chicken already so you all will get a chicken and I will get a Snowman".  LOL  So the kids are expecting it already.  It shocked me that she remembered and told me "You already made me a chicken, remember?"  so I told her not to worry, a snowman it will be.  It is kind of like, something a lot of the parents know about anyway, because they maybe had an older child in my class or they talk amongst themselves, etc.  But this family probably does not know this as they are newer to the school.</p>
 

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<p>As a parent, I wouldn't be offended at all.  It is a very nice gesture.  Look at it this way- if you gave these out at the end of the year as a parting gift, would you be worried about it then?  Probably not. It's not like you're giving out santas or Jesus.  It really is something that can be kept up year round. </p>
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<p>And FWIW, I think that is darned cute.  <span><img alt="chicken3.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/chicken3.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>Totally cute idea.</p>
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<p>Any chance you can talk to the parents early and discuss the issue?  Ask them if it would be appropriate and if not, have them offer up an acceptable alternative?</p>
 

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<p>I talked to Mom, she said that it sounds fine because a chicken isn't associated with Christmas.  She is totally fine with it.  Yay!</p>
 

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<p>How nice.  Have fun with those little kids!</p>
 
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