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Editorial: Save the red and green colors for our CHRISTmas!




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We should have the freedom to greet friends and neighbors with “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” or “Season’s Greetings” or any other greeting that we so choose. But how we greet Christmas has become a political lightning rod. You are perceived as either being right-wing or liberal based on how you extend holiday greetings.

Sending a Christmas card proclaiming “Season’s Greetings” was merely a choice and an artist’s interpretation of design for a Christmas card, but today, it is considered a political statement.

Thus I feel compelled to apologize in advance to those on my Christmas card list who may receive a beautiful card that may not include the words “Merry Christmas.” In no way should this be interpreted as a political statement. Forgive me, but I am just sending pretty cards.

There are signs of such political statements everywhere, however. Some retail establishments and public entities have gone out of their way with all sorts of politically correct language to make sure they do not convey any favoritism toward Christianity. Some have banned the use of the words “Merry Christmas,” and mandate, instead, that employees say “Happy Holidays.”

How one greets Christmas, in fact, has become so controversial that the so-called “Merry Christmas Law” was passed in Texas. It allows students and teachers to dress in the spirit of Christmas, wearing red and green if they so choose, and even to say “Merry Christmas.” Who would have thought such a law necessary, but it is.

Some of the vestiges of political correctness can be seen, for instance, in promotions for ProFlowers, which advertises “holiday plants” and “seasonal flowers.” Funny, but they look just like the traditional Christmas arrangements we used to send.

Then there is a “‘holiday tree’ brownie” recipe found at www.BettyCrocker.com. Again, these holiday tree brownies look amazingly like Christmas trees, decorated in red and green.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Lincoln Chafee is being called “Governor Grinch” by some after he decided that the state would have a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.” He argued that it was for “tolerance.” Of course, in trying not to offend any other religions, they are offending the Christian majority in America.

One particular promotion set me off last week. I enjoy an occasional lunch at the local Sonic Drive-In, but was taken aback by their “Winter Solstice Specials.” One of the efforts by those opposed to Christianity to try to change the holiday from Christmas to the Winter Solstice. Not only would that be a pagan tribute, but again, it is ironic that the colors used in its promotion for the solstice special were red and green. Go figure!

The Winter Solstice milkshakes are topped with red and green sprinkles and the posters are decorated with bits of red and green holly. Sure looks a lot like a CHRISTmas shake to me! If you are going to have a Winter Solstice promotion, at least get your own colors. Why try to steal our Christmas color scheme on top of trying to take away our theme?

Why not use blue and white as Winter Solstice colors, or orange and yellow? If you are inventing a new holiday, use some imagination.

Then find out how retailers will benefit from Winter Solstice sales. Will people feel as warm and fuzzy about buying for the Winter Solstice as they do for Christmas? (To say nothing of the fact that people are being denied the freedom to practice traditions in accordance with their Christian beliefs.)

Let us celebrate Christmas. Let us celebrate in peace, and leave our red and green alone.
 

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