Florida lawmaker wants to make 'Merry Christmas' official

Should "Merry Christmas" be an official greeting for state employees?

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— 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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