We've heard of Christmas creep where Christmas stuff starts happening earlier and earlier in the year.  And we've heard of the war on Christmas.  But this is the first time we've dealt with 'War on Christmas' creep.

On Thursday of last week, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, signed a law that protects schools from being sued for using the phrase "Merry Christmas."

We're less than a week away from being halfway between last Christmas and next Christmas.  But apparently Texas just needed to get the jump.

Under the bill, schools can use the phrase "Merry Christmas."  They can put up Christmas decorations, sing Christmas carols, pass out candy canes, and do any other Christmas-related activities. But, they also have to give some representation to other religions.

Perry says, quote, "I realize it's only June but I'm glad that we're standing up for religious freedom in this state.  Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.”

What do you think?  Do you get offended when someone says “Merry Christmas” to you?