Branson adopts official declaration of support for Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) -- City leaders voted to officially support Christmas celebrations that are part of holiday marketing for this Ozarks resort town.

The Branson board of aldermen first removed two sections that had called on local businesses and residents to put up decorations and to keep what it called the word and spirit of Christmas in the holiday.

The sections were removed after the city attorney warned it could open Branson to lawsuits over separation of church and state.

The resolution passed unanimously Monday night. It states the board's support for the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas, the marketing slogan for a mix of Christmas shows and decorations offered for the holidays.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

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