The University of Mississippi changed its holiday party on Dec. 2 from "Grand Ole Christmas" to "Hotty Toddy Christmas" in order to make it less of a Christian holiday (video below).
The school's Student Activities Association (SAA) put on the event, which was scheduled to include the lighting of the university Christmas tree, the Ole Miss Gospel Choir, food and drinks, ice skating, holiday stories read by the school's homecoming queen and beauty queen, and photos with Santa, notes the campus website.
The site also referred to the festivities as a "Hotty Toddy Holiday."
“We really wanted to change the atmosphere from last year and that would explain the name change,” Kayp Maye, of the SAA, told NewsWatch Ole Miss, the campus TV station. “Grand Ole Christmas, it connoted too much Christianity on campus and so we wanted to have a more inclusive environment for the holidays this year.”
"Our color scheme this year is red, blue, and silver, and so we're trying to get a more mature audience, trying to get a Winter Wonderland thing going on," Maye added.
Maye said his favorite part was Gingy, a walk-a-round gingerbread character (pictured above).