- Holidays and Celebrations
I Know That Jesus Is The “Reason For The Season” But Without Jews And Gays There Would Be No Christmas!
I feel as though I’ve written this before and if I haven’t I’m sure I don’t know why but as I’ve been blogging for almost six years now (and as unbelievable as it to me, I’ve gotten older during that time period too) forgive me if I’m repeating myself. I’m sure I’ll say something new on the topic so keep reading! In the re-make of the movie To Be Or Not To Be Mel Brooks delivers the line, “Without Jews, Gypsies and Faggots there would be no theatre!” about Nazis taking over Poland, “rounding up” these groups effecting his character’s theatre. I have always loved this line (mostly because it’s so damn accurate) and as the holiday season is upon us I can’t help but feel a similar sentiment when it comes to Christmas. I know Jesus is the “reason for the season” but without Jews and Gays there would be no Christmas! – Don’t Get Me Started!
I am not one of those Jews who are so sensitive that I want Christians to call Christmas trees, “Holiday trees” and I don’t care if you teach kids Christmas carols in public school because I sang them for years (including Handel’s Messiah every year at my high school) and it didn’t affect me negatively in the least. Although I still wonder why the “egg shells are in day-o” the Harry Belafonte song. I would later parlay my knowledge of “The Christmas Music” into a lucrative stage career at the theatre where I worked for years in their annual Christmas Show. I was a Christmas elf, a singing Chipmunk, a toy soldier, Raggedy Andy (you name anything goofy and Christmasy I was elected. This included singing, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” and if you’re looking for something more “religious” I was the Inn Keeper every year too – sure I took a little delight in telling them there was no room at the Inn when they couldn’t pay the going rates but hey, I’m not heartless, I let them settle down in the barn and even let them invite friends over to celebrate the birth!) I started singing all the Christmas songs every October for these shows straight through the end of December and didn’t care what I was singing about, I was thankful for the paycheck!
And while some bemoan the commercialization of Christmas the fact of the matter is that you Christians can’t get enough of it. Look at you killing one another on Black Friday to get flat screen televisions or pepper spraying one another. As a Jew we never pay full price for anything so believe me when I tell you that we’re not a part of the shopping feeding frenzy that takes place during the holidays. Sure we shop but we can’t be fooled by retail marketing mavens (whom I suspect are Jews too). Plus we all know that Jesus was a Jew so if he’s the reason for the season, then it’s not a far jump to say that a Jew is the reason for the season, right?
Meanwhile, who do you think is waiting on you at all the stores during the holidays, huh? Do you mean to tell me that a straight guy helped you pick out that sweater for your cousin (the gay one) or even your husband whose wardrobe would consist of a Snuggie to hide his torn up t-shirt and hand down his elastic waistband Steelers pants if it weren’t for us gays? We design the “gay apparel” you sing about, we sell it to you and we even help you ladies feel better about yourself by telling you how lovely your blouse is (that we designed).
So while I get that some may get offended by this blog (you know I love to rile people up) I stand by my statement, I know Jesus is the “reason for the season” but without Jews and Gays there would be no Christmas! – Don’t Get Me Started!
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