"Christmas without God is essentially how kids understand Christmas these days. And we're far more comfortable with [our daughter] participating in Christmas activities without religious education instructors meddling."

That's how the mother of a grade five pupil summed up her approach to Christmas activities in public schools. It got me thinking about the secularisation of Christmas -- and whether, as the media sometimes likes to paint it, it's a case of political correctness gone mad and holly wars in the playground.