New legislation in Texas, dubbed the “Merry Christmas Law,” allows public school students and teachers to dress in Christmas-themed clothes and greet each other with the saying “Merry Christmas.” The law, backed by social conservative groups who say they want to fend off the political correctness, also covers Hanukkah. The “Merry Christmas Law” will allow students and teachers to sing songs, and put up trees and other decorations, as long as their actions don’t encourage adherence to particular beliefs. The law was approved almost unanimously by the Texas legislature earlier this year. Should more states enact such a law to protect these traditions? Or should religion be kept out of schools to protect separation of church and state?
The holiday season is here, and that means there are a bunch of great local holiday events coming up. There is the Holiday Lights Train, the Lighted Boat Parade, the Downtown Holiday Parade, and Santa Cruz Snow Night, just to name a few. Whats your favorite way to celebrate the holiday season in our lovely seaside town?
There are more and more retailers open on Thanksgiving day trying to get the holiday shopping rolling one day earlier than the historic Black Friday start day. There is quite a controversy surrounding this topic. Some feel it is completely wrong and takes away from the holiday, while others are excited to get an even earlier jump on the sales that the retailers are using to entice customers to leave the turkey behind and get shopping. How do you feel?