The widely anticipated YesToChristmas.com website is here.
The YesToChristmas.com website is a National year-round Christmas Business Directory. Only businesses that agree to very specific guidelines can advertise in this national directory. Businesses must agree to post a Merry Christmas Sign, put up a small Christmas tree and generally decorate for Christmas while allowing employees, at their discretion, to wish patrons a Merry Christmas.
The idea behind YesToChristmas.com began with its founder Arles Carballo who wanted to fill a void, that he says, affects millions of Americans during the Christmas Season each year. Carballo created a website that people can use to find businesses in their area that agree to the YTC Christmas decorative guidelines.
“It’s not fun visiting places that don’t decorate for Christmas and it is less amusing to walk into places basked in Christmas colors but which refuse to put up a Merry Christmas sign. That’s insulting,” Carballo said. “If they are going to use the red, green and gold, white and silver then “Happy Holidays” does not apply. It is okay to say Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays, and certainly Merry Christmas. We just want Holidays called by their names.”
Carballo said the site is user-friendly. Visitors simply search for their local restaurants, hardware stores even auto mechanic shops and all of the businesses that have agreed to the YTC terms of Service pop up in the search.
Go to www.YesToChristmas.com for more details. Introductory price to place an AD is $89.95 for a one year’s subscription and YTC builds the AD free of charge.
WHAT DO THE CHRISTMAS COLORS REPRESENT?
Celebrating the Winter Solstice
Christmas was originally the pagan celebration of the winter solstice; a celebration to brighten spirits in the dead of winter and celebrate the coming of spring. Pine tree branches were originally hung around the house representing the green of the leaves in anticipation of the coming spring and homes were decorated with sprigs of holly to brighten up the grey winter months for the celebration.
Colors of Christmas: Red
The main colors of Christmas are red, green and gold, white and silver. Red is the color of love and energy. In Christian tradition, this color symbolizes the blood of Jesus which was shed for all humans that they might be saved. (John 19:34).
Red is the color of fire inducing feelings of warmth and visions of roaring fires, red berries and Santa Claus. People who are drawn to the color red are likely to be outgoing, cheerful and impulsive. However too much red could promote anger, over-excitement and intense emotions so it is always good, when using red even as a predominant Christmas color scheme, to offset it with other, less fiery Christmas colors.
Symbolism of Green at Christmas
In Christian tradition green symbolizes eternal life in Christ (John 3:16-17). Green is the color of holly and mistletoe, the Christmas fir tree and a symbol, at Christmastime, of nature. Decorating homes with green foliage cheers up the dark winter days with a symbol of hope for new beginnings.
Green is a relaxing color; the color of nature and fertility. People who choose green as their favorite color are thought to be well adjusted, conventional and conservative. Adding green to the Christmas color scheme will bring harmony into the home. When red and green are combined, it is said to express the hope for redemption through the sacrifices of Christ.
Symbolism of Gold at Christmas
The color gold symbolizes wealth. It is also a symbol of good health. In Christian tradition gold symbolizes Christ the Divine (Revelations 3:18) People whose favorite color is gold are generally optimistic.
At Christmas gold can be seen everywhere: in tinsel, candles, Christmas stars, angels and twinkling lights. Adding gold to the Christmas color scheme will promote courage, confidence and willpower and preserve the health of those living in the home.
Symbolism of Silver at Christmas
Silver, like gold, symbolizes riches. Silver is a symbol of strength and can also be related to the moon and feminine energy. In Christian tradition, silver is used in a figurative way to represent God'words. Silver also symbolizes Redemption in Christ (Matthew 27:3-9).
This color represents clarity, vision and brightness. Adding silver to the Christmas color scheme will help enhance patience and perseverance within the family. Like the moon, silver has a calming soothing effect.
Symbolism of White at Christmas
Snowflakes, winter wonderlands, Santa'beard, the white robes of Christmas angels, white is a color of purity and cleanliness; a symbol of rebirth. In Christian tradition, white represents the coming of the light of Christ into the world. White helps add light to the greens and reds, bringing a more balanced feel to the Christmas color scheme.