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For as long as anyone can remember, Norwood’s public schools referred to the end-of-December school break as “Christmas recess” on its calendar. Then two years ago, the town’s School Committee voted to change the name to “winter recess,” language that proponents viewed as more inclusive of the multiethnic student body.
But removing Christmas from the language infuriated some town residents, who began a two-year battle to convince the School Committee to change its mind. On Monday, in a nonbinding referendum, the town’s voters overwhelmingly supported the return to using the word Christmas. Now it is up to the School Committee to listen or stand its ground.