Lawmaker Wants to Make 'Merry Christmas' Official

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Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A Florida lawmaker doesn't want to hear
"Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" on Dec. 25 -- just
"Merry Christmas."

State Sen. Gary Siplin filed a resolution (SR 320) this week
that would recognize "Merry Christmas" as the state of Florida's
official greeting for Dec. 25.

In the resolution, the Orlando Democrat writes that Christmas is
a holiday of "great significance to most Americans" and that
"many Christians and non-Christians" recognize the holiday as a
time "to cherish and serve others."

It's not likely that a state employee would be punished for
giving an alternate greeting. A resolution is often ceremonial and
does not have the effect of law.

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