Much like pineapples, I am hardcore. (thisgirliknow) wrote,
Much like pineapples, I am hardcore.

This post of mine needed some clearing up.

Wish me a Happy Chanukah. Don't do it because I wished you a Merry Christmas.

Wish me a Happy Purim.
Wish me a Happy Pesach.
Wish me a Peaceful and Restful Shabbat.
Wish me a Happy Rosh Hashanah.
Wish me a meaningful Yom Kippur.
Wish me a solemn Yom Hashoa.
Wish me a happy Yom HaAtzmaut.
Wish me a spooky Tisha B'Av.

In fact, wish me all of them in Hebrew. I wish you your holidays in your language of prayer, wish me mine in my language of prayer. I need to be hearing "CHAG SAMEACH!" "L'SHANAH TOVAH TIKATEVU!"

Don't pretend to be all special and all knowledgeable when I wish you Merry Christmas by saying "Happy Chanukah" back. Chances are, Chanukah was two weeks before and you never even noticed.

Chanukah is a VERY MINOR HOLIDAY. It's no more important than any other holiday. I'd put it slightly over Yom Haatzmaut, and that's only because it lasts longer. Chanukah has the exact same theme as most of our holidays, "They tried to kill us. We survived. Let's eat!" It is not special, it is not "the Christmas" for Jews.

THIS is the WORST, STUPIDEST conversation ever.

"Merry Christmas!"
"I don't celebrate Christmas, I'm Jewish"
"Well, then, Happy Chanukah"

This is why I also say "Merry Christmas" back to any known Christian who says it to me. I repeat "Happy Holidays" back to anyone who chooses that form of saying "Merry Christmas" (and lets face it, in this society, "Happy Holidays," "Season's Greetings," and many other seemingly-neutral terms are all saying "MERRY CHRISTMAS pssst I'm trying to be politically correct"

I cannot wait for the next year that 25 Kislev (the date of Chanukah) falls in November or early December (the Hebrew calendar is lunar, and we have a leap month every seven years, which changes the dates around on the English [Roman] calendar). No one will say Happy Chanukah until after it's passed. The same people who tried so hard to be politically correct this year by wishing me a Happy Chanukah will let it fly by without a glance. The malls won't have added that cute little menorah until they put the Christmas decorations up. Wrapping paper won't even be sold by non-Jewish stores until it's too late. All the commercialized bull for Chanukah is only because it's convenient for people to make money. And they only do it around Christmastime.


That said, I love Christmas time. I don't mind when people who don't know my heritage wish me a Merry Christmas. I love the smell of Frazer firs, the warming scent of Christmas cookies, Christmas carols, etc. Christmas is an absolutely beautiful holiday, and GO ON! CELEBRATE IT! I'M NOT STOPPING YOU.
Tags: chanukah, judaism, rant
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