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Celebrating what is holy

Political correctness. Oy! About a year ago, I pointed out that the word "holiday," the PC police's preferred term, is actually an abbreviation of "holy day."

So, instead of limiting our seasonal greeting to "Merry Christmas," let's go ahead and say "Happy Holy Days," which means the same thing as the PC term.

We can expand our observance of what is holy and become more inclusive by wishing everyone the happiness of the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Friday), the Hispanic holy day of Our Lady of Guadeloupe (Dec. 12) and the Scandinavian holy day of Santa Lucia (Dec. 13).

We can also acknowledge the holy days that fall during the 12 days of the Christmas season, beginning at midnight on Dec. 25. These include Christmas, St. Stephen's Day (Dec. 26), Our Lord's Circumcision (Jan. 1) and Epiphany (Jan. 6).

And in the spirit of including everyone, we could also wish happiness to those observing the eight holy days of Hanukkah, starting Dec. 15.

Some folks didn't believe me last year when I said some schools disallowed the use of red and green during the so called "Christmas season."

In his book "The War on Christmas," John Gibson said that in Plano, Texas "school officials forbade the use of any materials, including plates, cups and napkins that might suggest or symbolize Christmas, including the colors red and green."

And right here in Gwinnett, a county worker told me that in her department employees could not wear red and green, or anything that symbolized Christmas, up until a week before the holy day. And that included sweaters with snowflake patterns.

Can the PC police tell me what snowflakes have to do with the religious meaning of Christmas? Or, for that matter, what red and green have to do with the religious meaning of Christmas?

To be precise, the liturgical, or religious, color for the Christmas season - Dec. 25 through Jan. 6 - is white. The preceding season, Advent, starting the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which happens to be today, has its own color. And it is neither red nor green. Traditionally, the color for Advent has been purple, but some churches have switched to blue.

Now, what the PC police are on the lookout for here is any expression of religion. If any of them really knew anything about religion, they would realize they're fighting against the wrong colors. Red and green only have religious meaning for Pentecost and Epiphany, which, as far as I know, are not yet under attack.

So for anyone reading this, including the PC police, if you see me during the next three weeks wearing my blue sweater and lapis earrings, it's just a cue to let you know it's OK to wish me "Happy Holy Days!"

Susan Larson is a Lilburn resident. E-mail her at susanlarson4@yahoo.com.