Why is Christmas different? Perhaps this is something I don’t understand and that a few more enlightened folks are so far and beyond my cultural understanding, that they are able to choose to what is or isn’t religious. But I would argue Ginger Bread has as much to do with Jesus as Apples and Honey do to the Jewish New Year, during the High Holidays.
Have a brunch. Invite some friends over. Eat Bagels. Have some Lox. Listen to bad music. That is what I did; invited some Jews over to hang out on a day off from work.
ut having a tree and “celebrating” Christmas?
Before you answer that in a snappy letter to the editor, fellow Jews (including you, Dad), let me just say that I’m pretty sure that if we’re fortunate enough to have children, we will raise them with the same arbitrary rules we were raised with, trying our best to sell that old chestnut (roasting on an open fire) that “eight nights is better than one,” and putting this tradition behind us until the kids go off to college, if not forever.
On the other hand, maybe it’s nice to teach children that holidays can be done à la carte. Every religion, every culture has so many beautiful rituals and traditions to choose from. Maybe celebrating is a step toward tolerating. I can hardly wait for Hanukkwanzaa.
An American Tradition? O please.
But lets see if anyone gets pissed about this like they did about my critique of Post-Dominationalists… doubt it.