I suppose it’s fitting that Christmas falls on a Thursday this year. As Honesty Time’s resident Jew, I’m probably the only person available to write a real post today.
So what does a Jew do on Christmas? Well, I can’t speak for us all, but I can tell you what I do.
I’ve already described “Jewish Christmas” on this blog before: movies, Chinese food, family. Really, I imagine that Christmas for me isn’t all that different from Christmas for people who celebrate – just without the presents and the tree and the whole Jesus factor. But we totally have cookies. I love cookies.
I spent Christmas Eve last night making cookies alone in my apartment. It was awesome.
I’ve never had a real Christmas before, so I can’t really say I feel like I’m missing out on anything. My family just had our Hanukkah party on Saturday, and we all opened gifts and ate way too much and laughed and did family things. So…that’s the same thing as Christmas, right? We just don’t get Santa. Santa hates Jews.
Looking past the religious aspects of the holiday, I actually really love Christmas.
The best part of Christmas for me is the fact that I get paid time off from work. At this point in my life, I consider that a Christmas miracle.
I actually weirdly really like Christmas movies. Although, I am ashamed to admit that, of the movies that Allyssa listed in her post on Monday, I’ve only actually seen five of them. And probably not the ones that most people would expect: Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, The Santa Clause 1 & 2, and, upsettingly, Jingle All the Way. The Christmas movies I love are those unbelievably cheesy, probably-should-be-embarrassed-to-admit-I’ve-watched, “romantic” made-for-TV movies. Basically, if it’s been on ABC Family or Lifetime, I’ve probably watched the crap out of it on Netflix.
I also really like making gingerbread houses, even though it’s been a long time since I’ve done one. But I’m not sure if that’s because I like Christmas or because I like arts and crafts. And candy.
Oh, you know what else I love about Christmas, besides the cookies, the paid time off, and the terrible movies? The lights. I love Christmas lights. I don’t like when people go super trashy with inflatable decorations or flashing lights or a lot of crap on their lawn. I’m talking really classy, traditional Christmas lights. Hanukkah is a holiday all about lighting things on fire (right?!) so I’m obviously really into bright, shiny lights.
I’m not really sure what my point here is, except that, from an outsider’s perspective, you are totally right: your holiday rocks. And I’m pretty sure everyone enjoys it, even those of us outside of the club. Which is kind of lovely, in a way.
Just, please, for the love of all that is Santa and reindeer, stop playing so much damn Christmas music (sorry, Rachel).
Merry Christmas, bros, to those who celebrate and those who don’t.