ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 16, Episode 4

Seasonal Differences (2 Dec. 1987)

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The separation of church and state is examined when a Christmas Nativity scene, being displayed at a high school, sparks debate and protest from the student body.



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Episode credited cast:
Dana Sherman
Timothy Owen Waldrip ...
Mark Davis (as Timothy Owen)
Ms. Varady
Jeff Dillon
Meg Myles ...
Mrs. Davis
Joan Kaye ...
Mrs. Sherman
Pierre Epstein ...
Mr. Sherman
Joe Hamer ...
Mr. Sennett
Tom Kubasik ...
Steven 'Steve' Sennett
Mara Hobel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sky Berdahl ...
Bruce Sherman (as Skye Ashley Berdahl)


The separation of church and state is examined when a Christmas Nativity scene, being displayed at a high school, sparks debate and protest from the student body.

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Bring back the after school specials! We Need Them!
9 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seasonal Differences had a great cast including the wonderful, incomparable Uta Hagen as a Holocaust survivor Omi and family matriarch. Her Jewish American granddaughter played by Canadian actress Megan Follows who is under-rated, is dating a non-Jewish boy. Friction occurs at school when the nativity scene raises highbrows and causes problems among religions. What I remember most about this after-school special was the seriousness and delicate approach that was made to understanding two people from different religions, Judaism and Christianity. The special was special because it taught and displayed religion as a positive rather than negative around the holiday time. When her boyfriend and Omi talk about Christmas presents, he makes a negative remark but Christmas is about miracles in general. We need miracles no matter what faith you are in this day. Seasonal Differences was a great example of teaching students and teens like I was about respecting and tolerating differences and sharing them and celebrating them too.

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