The Norman Transcript


December 12, 2012

I’m dreaming of a bright Christmas



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.

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