Jews Jealous of Christmas?

Christmas is easily North America’s biggest holiday. You can’t leave the house without seeing Christmas lights, decorations, and a whole lot of Jingle Bell Rock everywhere you look. It’s virtually inescapable. Heck, if you don’t leave the house there’s enough Christmas ads on TV to make sure you’re well aware of what time of year it is.

Some workplaces call them “holiday parties” but who are you kidding? They’re Christmas parties.  Hear that song playing? It’s about Mommy kissing Santa Claus, not Hanukkah Harry.  Clearly, everyone is simply having a wonderful Christmas time. Well, maybe not everyone.

With all of this going on, I think Jews and other non-Christmas celebrators must feel left out. How could they not? Certainly, not having to buy gifts for people is nice, but this means not getting gifts in return. In case you didn’t know, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Obviously I’m speculating. I’m sure Jews will tell you they’re thankful not to be caught up in the craziness of Christmas. I think they’re lying though. If everyone around you was having a great time, wouldn’t you want to be a part of it too?

Think of it this way: if you were a non-American in the USA on Independence Day or a non-Canadian in Canada on Canada Day, wouldn’t you join in on the party because, well, fun is fun? I know I would.

So my Jewish friends, ignore the religious aspect of Christmas (I know I do) and grab a rum and eggnog and let’s have a good time and I’d be thrilled to join you during one of your many exciting holidays.  Christmas doesn’t have to be about Christ, it can be about family, friends and merriment. Besides, Jesus is Jewish, he celebrates Christmas.

Anyway, merry Christmas and happy holidays to all and to all a good night. Enjoy your days off of work. Remember, these days off are brought to you by everyone’s favorite holiday: Christmas.

Parting questions: To my Jewish and non-Christmas celebrating friends: are you jealous of Christmas? Why or why not? To those who do celebrate Christmas: What are your thoughts on including everyone in on the Christmas celebrations?

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