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What’s a Jew to do on Christmas Day? December 25, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Dogs and cats, Jewish Stuff, Links, Photography, Politics, Religion, Videos.
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What’s a Jew to do on Christmas Day? Other than putting a silly hat on my very cooperative dog, Benny (above) so that we can send out our holiday greetings to all – there’s not much for us to do today. The secret is out on movie going this day. Too many other people who also do not celebrate Christmas have caught onto the idea. So my sister and I are taking the hour long ride on the D train to visit our 94 year old Aunt who lives in a Sephardic Home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. We will bring her our usual welcomed gift of two Kit Kat bars, updates on family, photos, news of the outside world, etc. This day is just another day at the Sephardic home so it seemed like a good place to visit and a nice thing to do. Other than Jews, here’s an incomplete list of other faiths that are looking for something to do today (especially if they live in the US): Islam, Shinto, Taoism, Church of Scientology, The New Age Movement, Wiccans, Divine Light Mission, Hare Krishna Movement, Transcendental Meditation,  Festivus celebrators, The Unification Church,  Buddism, Falun Gong, Jainism, Hinduism, Parsis (Zoroastrianism), Sikhism and Sai Baba.

– Here is a short list of things you can do today other than go to a movie. Take a walk, go to a zoo or aquarium, call your Jewish friends (most likely they re home too), read a book, bake a cake, fill in those important dates in your new 2008 calendar, look ahead for when the High Holy Days fall this year (I have already done that), plan a trip, clean out a closet, read those e-mails you have been saving and before you know it, the day is over and tomorrow we are back to normal.

– Christmas isn’t just for Christians. It’s also a magical time for Jews, the one night a year where the Jews control the town and can eat Chinese food at will. Check out this old Saturday Night Live video:

– The following super popular Christmas time songs were all written by Jewish composers. Go figure?

1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) was written in 1945 by Mel Tormé and Robert “Bob” Wells

2. White Christmas by Irving Berlin

3. Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! was written by the songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

4. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Holly Jolly Christmas by songwriter, Johnny Marks.

5. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Jewish composer, George Wyle.

6. l’ll Be Home For Christmas by Walter Kent, who wrote the music, and Buck Ram, who co-wrote the lyrics with Kim Gannon.

7. Silver Bells was written by Jay Livingston, who wrote the music, and Ray Evans, who wrote the lyrics.

8. Santa Baby was mostly written by Joan Ellen Javits (born 1928).

– Christmas Kicks Hanukah’s Ass!

– Check out this site called, Jewsmas. Included are items such as, The Mumbling of the Carols, The Refusal of the Ham, the Dreidel Game and the Ogling of the Shiksa.

– For those Jews that are jealous of Christmas celebrators, check out this song: The Twelve Pains of Christmas

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1. bonnieluria - December 25, 2007

Now that I’ve stopped laughing, I’m able to post a comment. Where else could you laugh, learn and listen to so much holiday material that you’ve never seen or heard before? Thank you Lobo, now my day is filled up with ideas. I think I’ll go bake a cake.

2. Sumedh - December 25, 2007

Aww! Now that dog is super cute! And, the pic is amazing.

3. What’sa Jew to do on Christmas Day? - December 25, 2007

[…] What’sa Jew to do on Christmas Day? Other than putting a silly hat on my very cooperative dog, Benny (above) so that we can send out our holiday greetings to all – there’s not much for us to do today. The secret is out on movie going this day. Too many other people who … […]


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