Mpls DFL chair says teachers shouldn’t even do ‘winter themed’ projects near Christmas

According to Lee, making ornaments could put students in an “uncomfortable position.”


The chair of the Minneapolis DFL wants teachers to “reconsider” any “winter themed” activities they have planned for students this month because it could be misconstrued as a Christmas activity.

“Teachers, you know that ‘winter themed’ activity you have planned? Would you do it in Feb? No? Then it’s Christmas not winter and you should reconsider,” Briana Lee wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

One person disagreed with Lee’s post, saying he remembers “making ornaments every year in elementary school and we had a great time.”

According to Lee, making ornaments could put students in an “uncomfortable position.” She went on to say that if people want their children to participate in “religious stuff at school, there are schools for that.”

“If you went to a Christian school that’s cool, but not everyone is Christian in public schools so it’s not ok to put kids in an uncomfortable position,” she wrote. “It’s long been known that doing Christmas stuff makes non-Christian kids uncomfortable because they are forced to participate. I went to Catholic school, if you want your kid to do religious stuff at school, there are schools for that. Public means non-denominational.”

The executive director of the Minnesota House GOP, Andrew Wagner, also responded to Lee’s post. “No one has ever taken offense to a ‘winter’ activity (or a ‘holiday’ activity for that matter). They’re projecting misery onto kids who just want to cut out snowflakes,” Wagner said.

Lee was criticized earlier this year for a social media post that celebrated the death of President Ronald Reagan. “He single handedly destroyed the middle class and gave corporations the ability to buy our elections,” Lee wrote in a deleted post. “F— that guy.”


Hayley Feland

Hayley Feland previously worked as a journalist with The Minnesota Sun, The Wisconsin Daily Star, and The College Fix. She is a Minnesota native with a passion for politics and journalism.