Could it be the place where it all began. Could this have been the start of all things “un”. I remember this time. I was fresh out of College… ready to plant myself in the world. Ready to do something. I am still ready to do something. This could be my un-moment. My personal battle ground.
As reported in Advertising Age Magazine, “In the early 1970s, as part of its new “uncola” advertising strategy, the 7UP company had J. Walter Thompson produce a TV commercial starring actor, director and choreographer Geoffrey Holder as a Caribbean planter explaining the difference between cola nuts and 7UP’s “uncola nuts,” lemon and lime. The extraordinary performance of the Trinidad-born Mr. Holder made the spot one of the most remembered commercials of all time. But behind the scenes, the project also represented a dramatic change in the marketing culture of the soft-drink company — the first time it allowed a person of color to be cast in its TV ad.”
I so remember this campaign. I did not know that it was the first to feature a person of color… but that is not my current focus. It is the UN that fascinates me.
I am intrigued as we have passed Thanksgiving and rapidly approach the “other” holiday. In the spirit of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who’s office of diversity had the foresight to publish these seasonal guidelines in a helpful list for us all to better UN-joy Un-Christmas.
“The list, found on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s website, also encouraged employees to send non-denominational holiday cards, use general decor when decorating and make sure that food and beverage selections are not specific to any one culture or religion.
The list also discourages us from playing “Secret Santa” games.”
“Holiday parties and celebrations should not play games with religious and cultural themes — for example, ‘Dreidel’ or ‘Secret Santa.’ If you want to exchange gifts, then refer to it in a general way, such as a practical joke gift exchange or secret gift exchange,” the guidelines state.
Ahhhhh…. UN-Christmas. Why didn’t I think of that. I mean seriously, how can folks like me be so selfish and heartless to think I/we should be allowed to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who I believe to be my Savior, as a focal point a worldwide remembrance. Enough is enough. It is time to recognize this time of year for what it really should be…From this day forward we shall all celebrate “Yearsend”. Yearsend, what a festive time. I can’t wait to chop down and decorate my Yearsend tree.
Here are a few of my new favorites:
The Grinch that stole Yearsend
A Yearsend Carol, with Mr. Scrooge.
The Yearsend Story, you’ll shoot your eye out.
The Griswolds and Yearsend Vacation.
The list is endless. UN-Christmas, I mean Yearsend, is here.
OK. Enough is enough. WTF. Who cares and why? Seriously, how can my celebrating Christmas offend anyone. I haven’t got a clue.
I love that my Jewish friends enjoy Hanukkah.
I would never ask a celebrant to refrain from enjoying Kwanzaa.
There is Festivus for the Rest of us. (Thanks Jerry)
And Seriously University of Tennessee… what is the religious beverage you are referring to. A cup of blood at a Satanic gathering? OR… Is it Eggnog?
I am so frickin’confused.
Really, Secret Santa is offensive? Perhaps that is what set off the Muslim terrorists at the Christmas, oops, Holiday party in San Bernadino recently. Is that why the terrorists left and returned in tactical gear to murder party goers? Santa Claus and offensive drinks.
No it is now Insanity Claus. People are just fricken’ nuts. So much hate, so much anger.
If Christmas pisses you off, move along. There is nothing to see here. It is just a bunch of folks waiting in line Thanksgiving night to kill someone for a bargain price on a Toaster or TV.
In fact that Black Friday thing could be a terrorist plot. OMG, danger zone at the Walmart.
And to think is all started with an Uncola.
Prior to that, we would all take a Coke in hand and teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.
Happy Yearsend to all, and to all a good night.