What Do Jews Do On Christmas?

Ah Christmas… All your friends are gathered around the tree, laughing and stringing popcorn They’re wearing matching PJ’s, singing carols, drinking cocoa and opening those perfectly wrapped presents where the lid just lifts off and no paper gets torn. At least that’s how I picture it. Probably because I am not on the guest list!

It can be lonely being a Jew on Christmas. You can’t even go to the supermarket for solace. They’re closed! Sure there is that certain relief that the endless loop of holiday songs  at the mall, pharmacy and gas station is *finally* going to end (who really needs to hear Silent Night while pumping gas and picking up a slushie?), but it’s hard not to feel like an outsider with your nose pressed up against the glass as the instagram photos stream in.

Growing up, my family spent Christmas Eve with close friends. We went to their house for Christmas, and they came to ours for Passover. We had smoked salmon and a lot of love in common, and I looked forward to those gatherings each year.  But these days, I got nothing!

So I offer you, friends and family alike, a peek into my world. Less cocoa, more mu shu.  Some of it’s slightly naughty and some of it’s nice. In case you were wondering… here’s what (we) Jews do on Christmas!

  • Random Acts 1 of 17
    Random Acts
    We took a gift basket to a local hospital ER - Starbucks cards for the nurses on call and games, mags and puzzles for the waiting room.
  • Walk on the Beach 2 of 17
    Walk on the Beach
    No crowds on Christmas Day...
  • Nature Walk 3 of 17
    Nature Walk
    This is a perk of living in So Cal.
  • Hanukkah Toys 4 of 17
    Hanukkah Toys
    I try to set some of their gifts aside to tear into on Christmas day.
  • Baking 5 of 17
    My kids love to bake. Note: This vintage Disney cookbook is a fave!
  • Gifts for the Neighbors and Friends 6 of 17
    Gifts for the Neighbors and Friends
    After the baking comes the spontaneous gifting....
  • Ninja Moves 7 of 17
    Ninja Moves
    It's important to stay in shape in case of random elf attack.
  • Snow Day 8 of 17
    Snow Day
    Baby it's cold outside... about an hour from here. There are no lines at Christmas.
  • Disneyland 9 of 17
    We've spent a couple of our Christmases at the happiest place on earth.
  • Knotts 10 of 17
    Knott's is open too - a fave of our tween and teen - they have been lobbying!
  • Gingerbread, Half Off! 11 of 17
    Gingerbread, Half Off!
    The gingerbread house kits go on sale the week of Christmas at which point I break down and buy a bunch for my Jewish and gingerbread deprived kids to make on Christmas eve or day.
  • Board Games 12 of 17
    Board Games
    Board Games + Grandmothers = WIN!
  • Movie Night 13 of 17
    Movie Night
    And here we have a typical Christmas eve...
  • Chinese Food 14 of 17
    Chinese Food
    The rumors are true. It wouldn't be Christmas w/out it!
  • Movie Theaters 15 of 17
    Movie Theaters
    Another classic Jewish-on-Christmas Tradition. We've been known to partake of the popcorn.
  • Lazing and Surfing & Pinning! 16 of 17
    Lazing and Surfing & Pinning!
    This year, I am tempted to do more of this.
  • Facebook Gawking 17 of 17
    Facebook Gawking
    As my friend Lindsay notes: it gets really good when people start drinking and getting a little irritated with their inlaws. I'll admit it's entertaining at times to be a Jew on Christmas!

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