‘Merry Christmas Laws’: Naughty or nice?

December 19, 2013


Recently, a parent volunteer at an elementary school in Frisco, Texas, sent out an email about the students’ upcoming winter party that included incorrect information this email raised issues regarding the Texas Merry Christmas law.


What is the Merry Christmas law?


The legislation passed in June, allows students and faculty to offer Christmas, Hanukkah or other holiday greetings and to display symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations.


In the email sent out, it was implied that students were banned from making Christmas references and wearing the colors red and green.


Although the “ban” cited in the email turned out to be erroneous, the incident poses the question about holiday names during this season: “Have we gone too far?”


Texas State Rep. Pat Fallon said one teacher was scared to do ‘Elf on the Shelf’ in her classroom because she did not want to get punished.


He is rather displeased with how low society has begun to sink.


Some of the Tech Talk editorial staff members agree while others disagree with Fallon.

One staff member said the ‘Merry Christmas’ law is fine, as long as it respects the holiday traditions of all people, so long as those traditions do not break any other laws.


It is important that no communities are left out in this type of legislation.


Another staff member said there does not seem to be anything wrong with the ‘Merry Christmas’ law.


The law states that one has to be accepting of and acknowledge other religions. Some people might argue that school is a place for learning and not worship but it is typical for Christmas to be celebrated in schools because the children like the decorations and the prospect of presents.


This staff member said Christmas has little to do with religion these days anyway because it has become so commercialized.


After being put in the national spotlight, Nichols Elementary School volunteers were able to defend the school and the situation.


The parent volunteer who sent out the original email imposing the “ban” was only following past procedures.


Turns out, it was not a ban at all.


A letter was sent out later explaining that it was going to be called a winter party so all holidays celebrated during this time of year could be acknowledged.


The school’s principal said they wanted all holidays represented so the children could be free to use ‘Merry Christmas,’ ‘Happy Hanukah,’ ‘Happy Kwanza’ or any other traditional holiday phrases.


So considering the full story, do you think the ‘Merry Christmas’ law should be on the naughty or nice list?


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