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Futureal
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I'm putting together my information for pre-school end-of-year shows. I am doing a show that involves Christmas tricks with Santa, Rudolph etc but at the same time nothing about Jesus.

I want to express this in my information. So far I have the following :

"The show contains seasonal tricks with a holiday theme - Christmas trees, candy canes, Santa's Magic Stocking, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and more! The show contains all the fun of the Christmas season but at the same time is non-religious, so everyone can enjoy the performance."

Presumably a lot of you guys have addressed this issue in your own promotional information - is what I've written above the best way to express what I'm doing?
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Whatsa' matter, Pal? You gotta problem with religion? Just kidding.
My advice is not to create a problem where none exists. Unless the client hiring you is a church or other religious organization, most folks would assume that a "Christmas Magic Show" is going to be Santa, Rudolph and Jingle-Bell-type stuff. Your show is non-religious, and as noone is likely to be upset by the absence of religious references, why raise a touchy subject?
Your wording "...non-religious...so everyone can enjoy the performance," suggests that religious content in a Christmas show would be offensive. I guarantee THAT will offend some people.
If someone asks if there is religious content in your show, tell them "no." But trumpeting the fact will almost certainly create ill will.
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Sounds OK but I would change "Tricks" to "Magic". It sounds more professional. I see where you are going with this and I think that some people might be offended by actually including Christ in your CHRISTmas program, what a shame but that's just what this world has come too.

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I worked and performed kids christmas parties for 8 years -- never did this come up. I have had kids who were religuious, asked to be removed from programs, or who's parents did not want them to be involved -- apparently magic is against some religions. I agree with Bridge though, don't run if your not being chased...
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Heck, after a classroom show once, the teacher was playing fun kid music. Sponge Bob Square Pants came on and one of the little girls told the teacher that her parents didn't let her listen to Sponge Bob. You can't win LOL Smile

JIM
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Just use the phrase Christmas-fun. See Duane Laflin's book on Christmas magic for some more thinking on the subject.

You don't have to mention religious or non-religious.

I offer both gospel shows and regular shows to my customers, depending on what type of customer they are. (I don't offer gospel shows to groups other than churches, as a rule.)

But I do a ton of Christmas-fun themed shows every year. I am more likely to have some people in churches offended that I do a show that refers to Santa (I've had a letter or two), even if that show is NOT offered to churches, than have people out in the public concerned that I call my show a "Christmas" show.

The phrase "Christmas" is a safe word and is just as associated with the secular as the sacred nowadays -- only a few schools are afraid of using it, and so they use the term "Winter Fest", "Winter Carnival", etc.

"Holiday" is also another fairly safe word.

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Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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Using what the others have suggested it could read:

"The show contains seasonal magic with a holiday theme - Christmas trees, candy canes, Santa's Magic Stocking, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and more! It’s a Fun Christmas Show!!!”


For some reason, I think when you mention Santa and Rudolph most assume it’s not a religious show.

Tom
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