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Sleigh Bells Ring as "Merry Christmas" Bill Passes Texas Legislature

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    On the brink of summer, defending Christmas is on the wish list of the Texas Legislature.

    The House on Wednesday approved a bipartisan bill that aims to remove legal risks of saying "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools.

    Traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, would also win a nod of state support so long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are also reflected.

    State Rep. Dwayne Bohac said the bill aims to protect schools from "ridiculous" lawsuits. Said the Houston Republican: "Teachers are fearful of calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree."

    Several Santa Claus impersonators, who were in the House gallery when the bill came up, rang sleigh bells upon the bill's passage.