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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Season's Greetings!

If you started hearing this phrase the day after Thanksgiving (or worse, the day after Halloween!), here's some timely information you can share with the store clerks, cashiers, waiters who have been trying to rush the holiday spirit since before you even needed a sweater:

It's Decmber 15th and the Hanukah lights are just now up in Jerusalem (in Gilo, anyway)... and in Manger Square and the apprach road to Bethlehem, they are just now starting to string up the Xmas decorations!!!

Don't thank me... I'm a giver. :-)

Posted by David Bogner on December 15, 2011 | Permalink

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@Trepp: I was in a store that was putting out artificial christmas trees in September this year. *sigh*

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Dec 15, 2011 5:30:53 PM

The store clerks, etc, don't appear to care as much about the holiday spirit as they do about the mercenary spirit. You should check out Stan Freberg's classic recording, the wonderfully snarky "Green Chri$ma$." Money quote:

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And please buy our beer!

BTW Freberg (and I) had no intention to offend Christians. In fact, at one point Freberg makes a comment about the ad people forgetting whose birthday it was.

Posted by: psachya | Dec 15, 2011 5:50:00 PM

I am glad to read that you still keep Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday.

Posted by: antares | Dec 15, 2011 9:43:09 PM

When do they start frying up the Sufganyot?

Posted by: Rich | Dec 16, 2011 2:46:39 PM

Rich -- that they started about a month ago, at least. :-)

Posted by: Alisha | Dec 17, 2011 11:10:43 PM

Actually, Christmas isn't anyone's birthday. It certainly isn't Jesus' birthday - ask any Biblical scholar. Christmas is an elaborate fake, a faux-Christian substitution for the pre-Christian celebration of Saturnalia. Almost every "Christmas" tradition - yule logs, firs, wreaths - stems from pre-Christian traditions. There is nothing Christian about Christmas. That's why I either refer to it as "Saturnalia" or as "The Fake Day."

Posted by: Lena | Dec 18, 2011 12:55:57 AM

Lena... I'm sure you are very popular among your Christian friends this time of year.

Posted by: Treppenwitz | Dec 18, 2011 6:32:39 AM

I only know one "religious" Christian girl; a former roommate of mine who describes herself only as "a believer" and was the one who taught me that Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas are fake.

Posted by: Lena | Dec 18, 2011 8:51:02 AM

Nonsense. Christmas is most certainly someone's birthday. It's my aunt's birthday. And it's been celebrated as the feast of Jesus's birth by the Church since the fourth century, which certainly gives it some personal gravitas.

Posted by: Balabusta in Blue Jeans | Dec 20, 2011 9:38:38 AM

Of course, the personal gravitas is starting to shred under the weight of the outdoor shrub my neighbors draped in lights and ornaments, put a light-up reindeer next to, and rigged to play carols throughout the night.

Posted by: Balabusta in Blue Jeans | Dec 20, 2011 9:40:27 AM

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