"Merry Christmas Bill" awaits Gov. Perry's signature
Tyler (KETK) — Texas House Bill 308, dubbed the "Merry Christmas Bill," passed unanimously in the State Senate over the weekend.
The bill would give public schools more freedom to celebrate and teach traditional winter celebrations, like Christmas, without worrying about any backlash.
It's a notion that brings a sigh of relief to many Texans.
"I've always said Merry Christmas, but I've always been a little bit scared I'm gonna offend someone who was a different religion," said Julie Mclean, teacher at Cumberland Academy.
The bill was authored by Rep. Dwayne Bohac of Houston, and sponsored by Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville.
"Too often, I see these schools doing holiday trees, and superintendents are nervous about having Christmas celebrations because of the religious component of it," said Sen. Nichols.
The bill also supports displaying holiday decor, as long as no one religion is pushed over another.
"Any time you have a display like a nativity scene, somewhere you need to also have a Menorah or something that shows some balance,' said. Sen. Nichols.
The bill now awaits the signature of Governor Rick Perry.