Officials for Tehama County informed all government employees not to display any images of Santa Claus or anything Christmas out of fear of violating the Constitution. The term "Christmas Tree" was also banned - decorated trees must be called "holiday trees." Most residents considered the policy change political correctness run amok. The policy was started by Christine Applegate, Social Services Director, and was replicated throughout the county departments.
Redding.com, publisher of a regional newspaper, conducted an online poll, asking the questions "Do you think Tehama County was justified in asking people not to display Santa and other religious items?" 88 percent voted "no" and 3 percent had no opinion.
Fortunately no county employees have been seen visiting the Santa Claus House of Worship.
Santa ban evokes reader disapproval