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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Red and Green

Some days that are given special recognition on the calender have colors associated with them like red, which is used on Valentine's day and the color of a country's flag used on their independence day celebrations. I have always been curious about red and green that are mostly used on Christmas day. I decided to do some research to find out answers that are out there for the reason why people wear and decorate with red and green during the Christmas holiday season.

An online blogger explained that red and green have Christian symbolism. "Red symbolizes Christ's blood shed on the cross for our sins (John 19:34). Green symbolizes Eternal life in Christ (John 3:16-17)." If Christmas was originally a Christian celebration, I would thoroughly enjoy this answer. I once learned that Christmas used to be a pagan celebration and when I read the next explanation for red and green as "Christmas colors," it made more sense.

"Many of the early Christians were originally pagans who celebrated Yule. They brought in some of their old traditions when they started celebrating Christmas; among them were the Yule log and the Yule colors red, green, silver, and gold."
*Yule was a religious mid-winter festival celebrated by Northern European peoples, which overtime absorbed into Christmas celebrations.

I'll like to hear your theories about the origin of red and green as Christmas colors.

Merry Christmas!

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Oxfords for You and Me

I was excited about my new oxfords and couldn't wait to put them on the next day. They were a grey suede pair with pink soles. I wore them the next day on my way to Boston to meet a friend for lunch. I felt my cool meter going really high. When I got onto the train I got a look from a guy that made me think something was wrong. I was confident about my outfit so I was sure that wasn't the reason for the weird look. Then I saw his eyes linger on my shoes. I took a look at them and they seemed fine to me. Then I saw it. He was wearing the same pair. Same grey and pink soles. Okay so I don't know who got whose first but I was not going to feel out of place wearing them because they were amazing. They were in the girl's section of the store, by the way, so he wasn't going to make me feel guilty for getting them. What's his problem? I thought. He didn't look my way until I got out of the train. At my side, I heard someone say, "Nice shoes." I looked at the person and it was the guy wearing the same pair as I. I replied with a winning smile, "thanks I like yours too." 

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

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