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Pence covers his Yuletide bases

Gov. Mike Pence apparently is taking both sides in what some conservative Christians in recent years have been calling a war on Christmas.

These are the people who insist that greetings of “merry Christmas” are under attack from those who prefer the more secular “happy holidays.”

Pence’s office on Monday issued his “season’s greetings” to Hoosiers. The four-paragraph news release refers to Christmas six times, ending with “Merry Christmas, Indiana.”

But in an email from his campaign website, the Republican governor offered a family photo and five-paragraph message Monday in which Christmas is never mentioned. Instead, Pence refers three times to the “holiday season” and wishes the recipient “Happy Holidays from our family to yours.”

Political Notebook will follow his cue and offer our readers the version of their choice. Either way, have a joyous one.