Saturday, December 19, 2009


by One Hungry Jew (NWM Staff Writer)

Actually, I’ll rewind it a bit to include X-mas Eve in the mix as well. Believe it or not there are traditional things we do. Not in the sense of Midnight Mass, tinseling up the tree, leaving cookies for ol’ Saint Nick and gift giving. Ours are based more on practicalities, but still traditions just the same.


85% of Jews Do: STOCK-UP

This is probably one of the more popular pastimes. Stocking up for the big holiday shutdown the next day. For us, it’s not last second gifts or a Christmas goose it’s more of the necessities. We’re talking microwave popcorn, candy (of the chocolate nature) and a generous supply of rented movies. Though this traditional activity can greatly depend on the weather (which I’ll cover off in the Christmas day section).

15% of Jews do: POKER

I’ve actually been involved in this yearly tradition for 25 years. 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, 8 Jews were eating junk food, playing cards and totally getting soused. Doesn’t quite rhyme, but you get the picture. FYI…we usually have the stereo blasting and the TBS A Christmas Story marathon on mute while playing.


We start the day, just like the other 364 (except Yom Kippur) – have breakfast. No tree, no scrambling to get ready for guests. Then regardless of what it’s like outside we venture into town and experience DAY OF THE LIVING JEW. Everything is closed except for 2 places. Which both happen to be very much a part of a Jewish Christmas tradition – movie theaters and Chinese food places.

If the weather outside is NOT so frightful it’s a double header at the movies, followed up by a massive Chinese dinner.

If it is a white Christmas, then we partake in the rented movies 'n' snacks (as mentioned above) or catch up on TIVO’d stuff (still with snacks). Then it’s Chinese takeout for all, and to all a good night.

Merry "Jewish" Christmas

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