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Christmas denied? Then reopen schools

Christmas denied? Then reopen schools

In reference to the recent decision by the Montgomery County Board of Education to take religious holidays off the school calendar ("Montgomery eliminates references to all religious holidays in school calendar," Nov. 12), it should be noted that in 1870, the United States Congress passed a law declaring Christmas a legal holiday.

President Ulysses S. Grant signed the law on June 28, 1870. In 1885, Christmas was formally declared a federal holiday. Usually, federal holidays are celebrated with a day free from work. This being said, if the Montgomery County school board chooses to "strip" religious holidays from "their" calendar, then they should also...