As most Jewish people can relate, when Chistmas rolls around there seems to be a tradition that has evolved. Known as the “Jewish Christmas this tradition consists of going to the movies and eating Chinese. Growing up in a predominately Jewish city, I’ve made going to Starbucks a tradition on Christmas as well, since there is always at least one Starbucks open that day nearby. As fun as all this sounds, there are moments that make me wish I could celebrate Christmas. Here’s three realities of being a Jew on Christmas.
1. Everything is closed.
So although movie theaters, Chinese restaurants, and select starbucks’ are open on Christmas everything else is closed. Besides those three things, there is nothing to do. If you, like me, live in a predominantly Jewish community where everyone is going to the same movie theater, Chinese restaurant and Starbucks, then these places are packed. It’s no fun trying to see the latest comedy movie in a theater with 500 people waiting in line in the freezing cold.
2. FOMO (fear of missing out)
FOMO is real around Christmas time. Driving around empty streets and seeing like 10 cars parked in every driveway always makes me feel like I want to be part of the celebration. Looking on Facebook and Instagram and seeing pictures of everyone’s Christmas tree surrounded by a bounty of presents. Seeing people in festive onesies. Singing Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, I just can’t relate to any of it. Even elf on a shelf eludes me, what’s that all about.
3. It’s a day to take it easy
Since there’s really not much to do, it’s a great day to turn inward. Do things you usually don’t get to. Maybe bake a cake, do that Pinterest DIY tutorial you’ve been meaning to do. Read a book. Binge watch that show on Netflix you’ve been putting off. When everything is closed, it definitely forces you to take a deep breath and do what makes you happy.
And as we all have heard all the Adam Sandler Hanukah songs, I thought it would be appropriate to share a South Park video describing why it’s lonely to be a Jew on Christmas- I think it encompasses everything every Jew has thought at least once around this time of year.
Happy holidays to everyone, whatever you celebrate enjoy this time of year with your loved ones. Please share in the comments below what you thought of this post. Are there other things you experience as a Jewish person on Christmas? What are some of your traditions? Or those of you with other religions, what do you do on Christmas? Let’s continue this conversation in the comments below! And if you haven’t already, please subscribe so you can be the first to know when a new post is up!