(FOX NEWS) INDIANAPOLIS –  Christmas might come a little earlier this year for some public school students after senators approved legislation Monday that would allow holiday celebrations in schools.

The bill, which unanimously passed the full Indiana Senate, would let schools decorate with Nativity scenes or menorahs if paired with another religious or secular symbol. The legislation also would permit lessons on the history of winter holidays and traditional holiday greetings, such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah.”

The bill’s co-author, Sen. Jim Smith, noted only one case of a school reportedly clamping down on Christmas against an Indiana teacher’s wishes, but the Charlestown Republican said his bill aims to stem the chilling effect he says lawsuits in other states have on holiday celebrations.

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