If I close my eyes will it go away?
I honestly don't get why people can't be a BIT more sensitive, but in my dotage I've learned that they just aren't going to be. Ever. Because honestly, they don't give a shit. To the vast majority of Americans, everyone celebrates Christmas, and if you don't, there is something wrong with you because it's an American holiday and it's a secular holiday and it is no longer a religious holiday. Except that it is. And Jews don't buy that argument, no matter how many times we're told.
I don't hate Christmas. In fact, there are parts of it I adore. Driving at night up and down streets looking at the houses all lit up is fun. Even if it's not my holiday, I really appreciate the work involved in decorating your house in freezing cold weather. It looks pretty. I also love Christmas trees. I think they're amazingly beautiful and I know that had I the opportunity to have one (I don't, so don't even try to tell me I can as a hanukkah bush, please!) I would get a huge kick out of decorating it. I'm just that kind of Martha Stewart-y person that I'd do themes and special colors and all that. When I'm in craft stores I always look with deep desire at all the hand blown glass ornaments. They are so pretty. And the hand blown glass icicles. Gorgeous. I like this stuff and I appreciate it's beauty.
What I don't like is the assumption that everyone celebrates this holiday. I also dislike that this one day holiday actually lasts 3 months and that for 1/4 of the year I'm made to feel like I don't belong. I think that's unfair and I also believe it's kind of morally suspect. I'm not alone. So many people have been bitching about how early decorations go up and how the stores are playing Christmas music in October. Heck, I'm right there with you. Why do we have to spend a full quarter of the year on this one holiday? I do not get it. At all.
Every year I go through the "I won't set foot in a store until after New Years" rant. I do so because it's so much easier to just avoid it all than to have to face it over and over again. Which is why I love living where I do. We're a city that has such a sizable Jewish population that the store-owners have to be sensitive or they will lose business. We have stores that don't ever put anything Christmassy up at all, stores that decorate for Hanukkah, and stores that are tastefully decorated for both holidays. What we don't have is the overwhelming "Christmas is taking over" feeling like in the malls. We don't have many cashiers that use the rote "Merry Christmas" line as they're bagging your purchases. We're a more sensitive community because we have to be.
I just wish the rest of America was as culturally sensitive as my fair city. Stumble It! JBlog Me