Santa Claus grew out of Saint Nicholas, and other European figures that brought a present to good little girls and boys.
This was not a "Breakfast With a Nativity Set".
"The Night Before Christmas" refers to Santa as "that jolly old elf", and pretty much defined Santa Claus in the USA.
Elves of America, unite! You have suffered discrimination!
Seriously, IMO those that caved are as small as the person who complained. Had they had the strength of their convictions, they could have let this go all the way to SCOTUS.
My Mayor and Governor have both declared that "Merry Christmas!" is OK, BTW.
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Moving on now to Warwick, New York. The local government elementary school wanted to raise a little money, so they set up an event called "Breakfast with Santa." Well, sure enough, some parent complained. Some woman (you could have guessed that, right?) wrote the school board to complain that Santa was a religious figure and that the school was promoting a religion by having the breakfast. It took no time at all for the school officials to cave, and what we now have is a "Winter Wonderland Breakfast" and Frosty the Snowman is going to join the event.
this bs is getting tiresome