This Jew says, “Step Away From My Christmas Tree!”


by Anita Gunn

Yes, it’s time once again for those of us Jews who love Christmas to come out of our closets. No, it doesn’t make us “bad Jews” if we admit to celebrating Christmas. But this Jew doesn’t just want to just celebrate Christmas; this Jew wants to get drunk in the spirit of Christmas. Is that so wrong?

I take the long way home from work so that I can admire the boulevards of Beverly Hills, which have been turned into beautifully illuminated, fabulously fake, winter wonderlands. I love to stroll down Beverly Drive so I can hear Christmas music blaring from speakers on every corner during the entire month of December. The festive mood of a decked-out Beverly Hills makes me joyous. Even the “Merry Christmas, Ma’am!” thrills me (minus the “Ma’am,” of course. When did I stop being called “Miss”?) And because Hanukkah came extra early this year, I need this all the more.

Yes, the one thing that takes this Jew into sheer bliss is the holiday season. And by holiday season, I mean Christmas. Yeah, I said it!

And, I’m not alone. The most popular Christmas song, after all, is “White Christmas,” written by Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin. And, let’s face it; there would be no Christmas without the Jewish-born Jesus!

But now the secular progressives (aka atheists) have declared an all-out war on Christmas, proclaiming that it’s a religious holiday and, therefore, must be banned. They say Christmas is offensive to people who are not Christians. But is Christmas just a religious holiday?

Christmas, as renowned historian Jonathan Sarna notes in a foreword to the book, “A Kosher Christmas: Tis the Season to be Jewish,” has changed over the years from being a religious holiday that minorities are not a part of, to a national holiday that can encompass all Americans, Christian or not.

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