US lawmakers once again fight 'war on Christmas'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Santa may already be riding his sleigh around the globe doling out gifts, but that did not stop United States (US) lawmakers and conservative groups on Tuesday from warning of efforts to sabotage Christmas.
Some members of Congress and religious organisations perennially complain of a movement, embracing the concept of separation of church and state, that is attacking the message of the Christmas season.
This month, in an example of what some have called the "war on Christmas", schoolchildren in Texas were prevented from delivering "Merry Christmas" cards to military veterans because they violated a Veterans Administration policy against specific religious phrasing.
President Barack Obama's official White House card meanwhile makes no mention of Christmas, instead noting the "joy of the holidays".