Your son, Newton, who is twelve, attends a rather strict and forward-minded private school. Newton is only there because he thrives in the academic environment. Neither you nor your spouse nor Newton care for the arrogant attitude associated with the school.
It is the day of the annual "Holiday Program" and the kids have been practicing their roles for a while. The principal has decreed that the program is to be all inclusive and non-offensive. There are to be no religious themed songs nor any mention of the word "Christmas." Newton's role is that he and two other classmates will be dressed in pajamas and seated on a couch and will read/recite 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. There is, however, a change. The poem has been changed to 'Twas The Night Before The Holiday. Part of Newton's role is to read/recite the last line. He is to say, "I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight, 'Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.'"
Newton comes to you and informs you that he is NOT going to use the word "Holiday." He and his classmates have talked and they plan to recite the poem in the original form and use the dreaded word "Christmas." He says to do it any other way is "dumb."
While you support Newton's feelings and totally think he is right, you also know that not following the guidelines could end your boy in deep trouble.
How do you advise Newton? If, he says that prohibited word in the program, how will you respond?