Fears that Christmas is being erased have been rebutted by the National Trust which insists that it is not trying to ignore the Christian festival.
A question raised at its recent AGM sent Twitter/X into a storm about whether the omission of Christmas from an internal ‘inclusion’ calendar meant that the Trust was trying to eradicate it.
A member of the heritage and conservation charity had asked why Christmas was not on the calendar, given only to volunteers, which featured other religious festivals like Eid and Diwali.
The question was, according to The Telegraph, greeted by a round of applause and criticisms that the Trust has become “too woke”.
Critics on Twitter/X rounded on the Trust, saying that the charity was “destroying the indigenous culture” and calling for a boycott of its merchandise.
Celia Richardson, National Trust's Director of Communications, has insisted that the charity is still fully behind Christmas, dismissing newspapers which printed the claims as the sort who say A Levels are getting easier each year.
She said the calendar was designed to show inclusivity to other religions, as the National Trust celebrates Christmas as a matter of course. Meanwhile, Trust properties up and down the country are preparing to celebrate Christmas past and present.
She tweeted: “Tsk. These newspapers are publishing ‘now they’re banning Christmas’ stories earlier each year. Can’t they wait until Advent? Next they’ll be doing ‘A-levels are getting easier’ stories in April.
“The calendar was designed to supplement public holidays like - er Christmas & Easter, which are celebrated at all National Trust properties.”