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Here in these United States, as November rolls on, we are approaching what we have to politely call the “Holiday Season”. For fear of upsetting one or other of the various bodies (mostly religious?) that don’t like to think that they are being singled out, or not singled out for attention. Thanksgiving is up at the end of the month, and even advertising calls it the Holidays! Yuk. How is it that a very public holiday has been politicized? In the few days before Thanskgiving millions of Americans fly, ride the rails, or drive and make the pilgrimage home (note the word “grim” hidden in that word) deperately trying to avoid the pitfalls so well captured in the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. And it is a very public holiday indeed, so much so that it is probably more important for the average American (?) than the late December “Holiday Season” whose name, like the Scottish play, shall not pass my lips.
Do you know about this superstition? All those who tread the boards know that the mere mention of the proper name of the Scottish Play (M*cb*th) within the confines of the theater will bring bad luck ranging from set accidents to actual deaths within the company. A superstition, so severe, that only the performance of some weird protestations lifts the curse. These vary from; exiting the theater, spinning around three times and cursing, and asking permission to return inside; spitting over your shoulders; repeating the words "Thrice around the circle bound, Evil sink into the ground," or; quote from Hamlet. As I say, it is only a superstition, but it does give the dahlings something to talk about.
But I digress. So, God forbid, Allah gadsouks, or Kwanzaa kumbaya we musn’t mention Ch**s**as. Can’t offend people you see, it’s all too damn politically correct for my liking. This is all very ironic really since, by not offending minorities, we end up offending the majority! I mention this because my wife prepared an invitation to a “Holiday” event that she sponsors as part of her work. When reviewing the artwork I commented that the use of red for highlights, which is their web-site color of choice for contrast, could possibly be accented by a splash of green, after all this “Holiday” event is taking place in December. Sharp intake of breath, oh no she replied, that would suggest Ch**s**as, which is not an all-inclusive celebration. It’s also why the color blue can’t be used (hint; holy Hanukkah bush Batman?). Well, here’s an idea, I thought; why not just mix red, green and blue. It would of course give us white which wouldn’t be too helpful in the visibility department. But wait, what if we used those colors on a brown or black background? Simples. Problem solved.