There is, however, the potential for problems when you discuss religious themes in a public school, like a parent complaining that you are preaching. Whether or not there is a “War on Christmas” in the United States, as some commentators believe, there’s plenty of discussion about the topic.In Texas earlier this week, for instance, a state legislator who sponsored a new law protecting traditional holiday greetings in public schools said he hoped other states would follow Texas’ example in standing “in defense of Christmas.” When a pair of Modesto teachers saw a Merry Christmas sign on their high school’s marquee, they pointed out to the administrator that the school … For those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas, the red cup was a wonderful moment of a major company taking a clear public step to be inclusive of other faiths. Seems hypocritical to tell me I can't say Merry Christmas. Children are impressionable. We can let the Christian holidays determine whether we work the day or not, but we can't actually acknowledge the holiday verbally. “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays” and “Happy Christmas” can still work to convey sincere good wishes, of course, if you know your audience. You have to consider that teachers can leave impressions on children. The paper quoted a district spokesman, Clint Bond, saying that students can, however, exchange gifts and cards before and after school and during lunch. And the ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘War in Christmas’ debate even hit the 2016 US Presidential election when the then-candidate Donald Trump declared at a rally: ‘I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here some day and we are going to say “Merry Christmas” again,’ he said. “When I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here some day and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he said. Children might learn that Christianity is right or Christmas is something they should celebrate from teachers. Example: [Collected via e-mail and Twitter, November 2015] Saw on Facebook a post claiming that the President has banned Christmas trees at veteran centers. I know that some public schools have after school bible study, but I am not sure what the situation is in Michigan right now. But what if you want to say, “Hi! Having taught about holidays for the better part of 15 years in four schools, I have rarely been questioned but know there’s always the potential concerned parent. Essentially, teachers would be indirectly teaching children to say "merry christmas". “We don’t say Merry Christmas anymore. Students can say "merry Christmas… ‘Merry Christmas. We say Happy Holidays. It removes legal risks of saying "Merry Christmas" in schools while also protecting traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, so … I don’t believe it is true, can you If you live in an area with mostly Christians, or if you know someone has a Menorah and not a Christmas tree, you can generally feel safe with a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.” But if you don’t know, or aren’t quite sure, it’s probably best to stay general rather than taking a guess and potentially making someone feel bad. There’s nothing wrong with Merry Christmas,” said Vita Lamb, a Wichita native who had taught at the school for nearly 20 years.