Florida enters wacky 'War on Christmas'

It's been about a decade since the so-called "War on Christmas" began.

Obviously, Christmas has been ruined ever since.

Yes, ever since people and stores started saying things like "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," true Christmas-lovers like myself have felt persecuted and put-upon.

We have been prisoners of the holiday war, unable to adequately deck our halls or sleep in heavenly peace.

But good news, fellow captives: The Florida Legislature is ready to rescue us.

A new bill from State Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, would force every school district in Florida to rename "Winter Break" as "Christmas break."

Hark the Herald angels! This is the Christmas miracle we've been looking for.

Forget the budget shortfall, unemployment and everything else wrong in Florida. This is the bold action we need from fearless leaders — Senate Bill 1136, "Requiring school districts refer to the period during which school is not in session and which includes Christmas Day as Christmas Break rather than Winter Break."

Joy to the World!

Wise's bill is almost as inspired as last year's push from Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, to make "Merry Christmas" the official state greeting on Dec. 25 … another truly needed piece of legislation.

Nothing says vision and leadership more than a nonbinding resolution on holiday salutations.

Perhaps you think I'm being flip.

Of course not. The "War on Christmas" has certainly taken a toll on my family..

Why, I tear up just thinking about the day my beautiful daughter came running with a plateful of sugar cookies.

"Look Daddy!" she exclaimed. "I baked you Christmas cookies!"

I immediately shushed her with a firm tone and stern look.

"Honey, you know we're not allowed to call them Christmas cookies anymore. They're solstice circles."

Then there was the time in the car when my young son exclaimed: "I love putting up our Christmas tree!"

I slammed on the brakes."Good gravy, son. Haven't I told you we can no longer call it a Christmas tree? We're buying a December timber."

And so it went in the Maxwell house. Bing Crosby and Ray Conniff were silenced. The Moravian star was unplugged. We stopped lighting advent candles and saying our Christmas prayers at church.

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