State legislators may take up discussions on how to save Christmas - or at least preserve the holiday's traditions - in Indiana during the upcoming legislative session.

State Sen. Jim Smith, R-Charlestown, has authored a new proposal similar to the "Merry Christmas" bill he proposed last year. The legislation aims to provide guidelines to public schools and governmental groups, so they can use Christmas greetings and permits religious holiday displays on city and town properties if the displays feature a secular aspect or recognize multiple faiths, a news release said.

"The Christmas season encompasses so many meaningful traditions, but many times these traditions and the people who participate in them are threatened," Smith said. "Just this week, a town in Indiana is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Freedom from Religion Foundation for a nativity scene that has been on display for more than a half-century on its courthouse lawn."

"This bill is a step toward defending a sacred holiday that is otherwise being stolen from our children and our culture."

The legislative session where Smith plans to propose the bill begins on Jan. 6, 2015.