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Texas Elementary School Won’t Allow Red, Green Or Christmas Trees At Party

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An elementary school in Texas has come up with some rules for a winter party and among them are a ban on Christmas trees and the colors red and green. A lawmaker has noted that those party rules go against a recently-passed law.

A parent of a student who goes to Nichols Elementary School in Frisco, Texas, forwarded Rep. Pat Fallon an email sent out by the organizer of the school's winter party, and in it, there were three rules listed for the party: no reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday, no red, green or Christmas trees, and nothing that will stain the carpet, MyFoxDFW reported.

Fallon co-authored HB 308, also known as the Merry Christmas Law. It allows students and staff at schools in Texas to say "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah" and "Happy holidays." Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed it into law earlier this year.

“When Gov. Perry signed ‘The Merry Christmas Bill,’ clearly that didn’t solve the issue,” Fallon told Fox News’ Todd Starnes. “The battle rages on. It’s distressing.”

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Fallon said he called the superintendent, and was told the party rules were not a district policy. Then he was told by the district's PTA that kids could say "Merry Christmas,” but then he received another email, from a PTA member, that was a message to other party organizers that read, "Today at the PTA meeting it was stated that they had decided to keep everything the same. She said they didn't want to offend any families and since each family donates money they feel this is the best policy."

"It's my understanding that nothing has changed," Fallon said.

The school district released a statement to MyFoxDFW that read the following:

"The school was unaware of this and it was not an official PTA correspondence either. There have never been any limitations on what students wear, what they bring to share with their classmates on party days... what greetings people exchange with each other."

According to Fallon, the ban on Christmas trees and traditional holiday colors remains in place and calls it “unnecessary, inappropriate, and quite frankly draconian in nature.”

Sources: Fox News, MyFoxDFW