"Merry Christmas" Officially Okay in Texas Public Schools

This holiday season, teachers and students will officially have permission to wish each other "Merry Christmas" — or the traditional greeting of their choice — in Texas public schools. 

Flanked by high school cheerleaders who recently fought a legal battle to carry banners with Bible verses on them at athletic events, Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed legislation Thursday clarifying that school districts can acknowledge traditional winter celebrations. 

"The holidays are coming early this year," for students of all faiths "who want to freely express the simplest of appropriate greetings during holy days," said Perry, who was also joined by an off-duty Santa ...

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