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Christmas sign cont­roversy unfolds in New Braunfels

Residents protest removal of 'Keep Christ in Christmas' sign

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Dozens of New Braunfels residents packed the city's downtown plaza Wednesday to protest the removal of two signs that were hung on city-owned property that read "Keep Christ in Christmas."

New Braunfels Utilities officials said the signs were removed because they violated policy regarding signs hung on city-owned property. The program is meant to provide local non-profits and other groups a method to advertise charitable or educational events. The ordinance states signs must be non-political, but it makes no mention of religion.

"They never should have been put up in the first place," said NBU Communication Manager Gretchen Reuwer. "It was called to our attention that we were not following the intent of the program. We acknowledged that mistake and made the call to take them down."

Protestors held their own "Keep Christ in Christmas" signs and asked drivers passing by to, "Honk if you want to keep Christ in Christmas."

Melanie Owens brought her young children to the protest. Owens said she understood why the city took the signs down, but said since it was their mistake they should have been left up.

"You (the city) knew what the signs were going to say," Owens said. "So why not leave them up for nine more days?"

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