AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Merry Christmas, bah humbug? Not in Texas.

Same goes for you, Mr. Grinch.

Just in time for the holidays, a Texas lawmaker is making extra sure everyone remembers wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in public schools around the state.

Houston Republican Rep. Dwayne Bohac, his 8-year-old son and Santa Claus held a state Capitol press conference Monday.

The promoted Bohac's new, bipartisan law removing legal risks from exchanging holiday greetings in the classroom. It also protects holiday symbols such as a menorah or nativity scene.

Bohac said it will stop "ridiculous" past lawsuits against schools in the name of excessive political correctness.

The law also says schools are constitutionally barred from favoring one religious celebration over another. But, of course, it's named in honor of Christmas.