With Thanksgiving past us, the Christmas season is really ramping up. With the Christmas push, comes my yearly rant. I’m going to apologize in advance. This is going to be a bit long. Ok, very long. There’s a lot that I need to get off my chest.
That said, Christmas is everywhere. You can’t escape it. Radio stations will be playing Christmas music exclusively while stores put the finishing touches on their Christmas displays and television shows air Christmas specials left and right. Everyone gets into the Christmas spirit by attaching "Christmas" and a Santa hat to everything and wishes everyone "Merry Christmas."
Now I have just one problem with this. I don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m Jewish and celebrate Chanukah. Now, I’ll admit that Chanukah isn’t a very important Jewish holiday. In fact, it’s main claim to fame is that it happens to fall out near Christmas. Strictly speaking, you don’t exchange gifts on Chanukah. That’s just something that started so that little Jewish kids wouldn’t feel left out and Jewish parents wouldn’t be left with wads of cash in their wallets after New Year’s Day. (Purim is actually the holiday where we give gifts. It’s also the holiday where we dress in costumes and get drunk. Now that’s a fun holiday! 😉 )