Let me get something straight here
That means a CHRISTMAS card. It does not mean a Happy Holiday card. Or a Season's Greetings card. As long as the card isn't religious or particularly Christmassy, I don't have an issue with it. Now, I'm not speaking for all Jews here, but I can tell you that most of my Jewish friends feel exactly the same way I do about this topic.
It's important (at least to me) that you understand that this isn't about YOU. I have no problem whatsover with you sending holiday cards. Most Jewish families send out Rosh Hashona cards. We get the holiday thing. We're cool with holiday cards. But we're cool with our holidays, not particularly with other people's holidays. You see, we LIKE being Jewish. And part of being Jewish is not celebrating other people's religions. Yup, it's true. Now I know that some folks who are secular or Reform Jews, or who really don't know much about the religion are gonna get all huffy here and talk about how that's not true of them and their families. Which is fine. But I'm not secular or Reform or unknowledgable about my religion. I know that Judaism is very clear about not taking part in other religious observances. Orthodox and traditional Jews don't enter churches for the same reason. Again, not about you. It's about Jews and how we practice our religion. I know that it isn't what you thought you knew about Judaism. But the fact of the matter is, somewhere in the Midrash it is pretty clearly spelled out that Jews aren't supposed to be celebrating other religious holidays.
Again, not speaking for all Jews. If you're Jewish and this isn't your practice, fine. But it IS the norm for traditional Jews and I honestly do not want to be told that we're wrong, we're insensitive, Christmas is a secular American holiday, blah blah blah. Really, don't want to hear it. It's my practice, it's my belief, and it's my religious practice.
I want to reiterate that this is not about you. When you give a gift, do you pick out what you want? Or do you pick out what you believe the recipient wants? It's the same thing. Some Jewish recipients do not want Christmas cards. It's really easy to understand. If your Jewish friend is observant, you can bet that they might be offended by such a lapse of sensitivity on your part like sending them a Christmas card. OK?
And furthermore, it's not about YOU. I don't care what you do in your home. I do care what you send to my home. I hope that makes it clear.
For the asshole that called me arrogant and rude for stating my belief, here's a hearty Fuck You. Honestly, I don't need you or anyone else telling me how to observe my religion in MY HOME. Get it? But thanks for the hits. Every moron that thinks you're funny is more money in my pocket! Happy Holidays, indeed. Stumble It! JBlog Me