PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. —
Christmas can be a bag of mixed metaphors, with Santa kneeling at a creche, or elves and wise men marching side by side. It can be whatever tickles your fancy, or makes you smile. Rudolph
was a red-nosed reindeer, not a brown-nosed conformist.
I know from experience that this beautiful coastal town, or most of it, used to subscribe to its neighbor New Orleans’ flat-out approach to holiday decorating.
Nothing meek or mild or coordinated.
After 20 years away, I worried that the taste mavens might have moved in to monitor the free spirits and temper its
multicolor tendencies. Let’s put it to a vote — a vote of the children.
Folks are always trying to keep things in Christmas; I say let’s keep the junior leagues and garden clubs and neighbor-
hood associations out.
The world has more pressing problems, yes. And I’m free to decorate my home like a Delta honkytonk expecting the return of Robert Johnson. White is a choice, and that’s fine if it’s what you really want.
But don’t let anyone tell you that white makes you a Carnegie and red makes you a redneck. Go with your gut, not your lily-liver.
To find out more about Rheta Grimsley Johnson and her books, visit www.rhetagrimsleyjohnsonbooks.com. © 2012 Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Distributed by King Features Syndicate