There so many holidays during December I feel like saying “Merry Everything” to be inclusive, but someone will think it offensive. Christmas used to be distinctly red and green in bright jewel tones but who dictated that color combo and why. If you look at vintage Christmas cards, they use a muddier palette. I don’t mind if you wish me a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy Festivus. It’s the intention behind the good wishes that matter. Do holiday colors really matter?
Hanukkah used to be shades of gold but mostly the blue of the Israeli flag but Hanukkah existed long before the State of Israel. Why are we slaves to color choices? Sure there are variations and subtle tones these days but the traditional color combos continue to exert a powerful pull. They influence mood and that includes shopping. Can you imagine a Holiday ad for Macy’s in hot pink and not their traditional red? Way too risky. I like to color outside the lines all year round. Never mind thinking outside the box. Let’s think outside the color wheel. This is an odd color combo and holiday card from me. I’ll probably feel guilty and pop out a traditional Hanukkah, Yule and Christmas Card. Who knows, maybe even Kwanzaa. What do you think? Interesting or epic fail?
Thinking more deeply on colors and their meanings I remembered a poem by the wonderful Jewish, feminist cat lover poet, Marge Piercy from ~Southern California Anthology ~ 1999. If you aren’t familiar with her fiction and non-fiction work, visit her website and enjoy.