“Adeste fideles” part of the traditional Christmas celebrations? Decidedly "too associated with the Christian religion" to find a place in the Christmas concert programme. At least that is what Maria Antonia Savio, the headmistress of Casazza comprehensive school, thinks. In view of the imminence of the usual annual event in the school celebrations, she communicated her remarks to the Parish Musical Choir who will be performing at the event, which is reserved to children and their families.
The headteacher's position, of course, did not fail to provoke controversy in the region, above all in the Cavallina valley, about 20 km from Bergamo. "what does 'too Christian' mean?" asks an old man indignantly in the shadow of the church bell. "Do we have to ask permission to sing any of our Christmas carols? If a Christmas concert isn't Christian, what is?"
"It has been pointed out," says Silvia Micheli, 28-year-old member of the band's management committee, "that as Casazza is a multicultural region, we need to avoid injuring anyone's sensibility. The request surprised us a bit because we are a parish band. In this case, being guests, we decided, without controversy, to opt for “Jingle bell rock”, which has fewer connotations."Source