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Lawmakers remind residents it’s OK to say ‘Merry Christmas’ on Texas public school grounds

With Christmas Eve only two weeks away, Lone Star State lawmakers are reminding residents that it’s OK to say “Merry Christmas” on Texas public school grounds.

Believe it or not, that wasn’t always the case. Or at least a lot of people thought it wasn’t.

According to a report from KVUE in Austin, the state’s “Merry Christmas law” had to be passed and signed by Gov. Rick Perry last year to make sure school administrators knew they were on safe legal ground when it comes to religious holidays – Christian or otherwise.

The bill was mainly authored by state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, who said he took the action after his son came home from public elementary school with stories of Christmas trees being called “holiday trees,” and Christmas greetings being rendered as “happy holidays.”

The law ” allows parents, teachers, students and school administrators to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools without fear of censorship, litigation or persecution,” Bohac said at an Austin news conference.

The bill’s co-sponsor, state Rep. Richard Raymond, agreed.

“This isn’t a law that says you will celebrate it — you are going to celebrate it whether or not you like it — in fact what it is is saying, it’s OK, it’s OK to say ‘Merry Christmas,'” he said.

It’s OK to say Merry Christmas.

Believe it or not, it takes a law for that these days.

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