Thursday, December 19, 2013

Because We're Jewish

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Jewish Christmas is not to be confused with that bastardized holiday "Chrismukkah," a word that to me sounds like nails on a chalkboard. Jewish Christmas is about movies and Chinese food on Christmas Day or maybe cooking up the turkey or, yes, the ham, you got at the office in lieu of a greener holiday bonus and spending the day with Jewish friends and other non-observers because everything else is closed.

Or used to be closed on December 25.

Frankly, I liked the fact that so few places were open. We could use more days, maybe a day a month, during which we all take a sabbatical. It would be like the entire country taking one long, deep cleansing breath for the day. No new email or snail mail building up, no distracting text messages, no bills to pay, just a cozy winter day enjoying your dog family, or a lovely spring day out in the parks with your puppy kids.

But I digress.

Part of our Jewish Christmas observance traditionally involves visiting one of Chicago's world-class museums the day of Christmas Eve because the crowds are typically low. But this year DH suggested taking the boys skiing.

My conversation with my teen boys went like this:

Me: So Dad suggested going skiing the day of Christmas Eve. What do you think?

One Boy: Is Christmas Eve the night that's the day of Christmas?

Me: No, it's the night before.

The Other Boy: When is Christmas?

One Boy: It's the 26th, I think.


Interestingly, even Spertus, the Jewish Museum, will be closed this year.

Whatever your traditions, have a lovely and peaceful Christmas Day!

1 comment:

Donna said...

When we were kids, my parents used to take us to Disneyland on Christmas Day. Back then, we'd have the park pretty much to ourselves (not so now! It's one of the most packed days of the year).

And when I was older and single, I would go to the movies -- which must be pretty common these days, with so many new films opening December 25.

Of course, now I am married to someone who grew up with a Christian tradition, so even though our daughter and I are both Jewish, we honor his tradition with the tree, gifts, and a quiet dinner at home.

I hope you enjoy whatever you end up doing this Jewish Christmas and a happy New Year, Kim!