Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-01-09 09:23 pm (UTC)
Solidarity. I admit, from here the War On Christmas seems like a stupid joke, like, seriously, Christians' celebration of their festival is spoiled because Starbucks served them a flavoured latte in a green cup instead of a red cup? But I imagine it must be pretty scary to be actually living in it, and I should be more aware of that. Especially in the context of chanukah.
Aggressive proselytizing is horrible, and all the lovely fluffy stuff that people talk about connected with Christmas doesn't make it less so. And wow, I am really not cool with atheist non-Jews dragging chanukah into their baiting of said aggressive Christians. That's not just offensive, playing silly games with something that is important to Jews, it's also dangerous. Those kinds of Christians will not stop short of violence if they are reminded that we are their enemy. Atheists might get mean comments on FB but they're putting Jews at physical risk if they drag us into that stuff. That's a real
the enemy of my enemy is not my friend
situation. And I'm not at all surprised you feel anxious.
I do agree with you that chanukah can fairly easily coexist with big cultural celebrations (or with weeks in mid-December with no special significance) because it just happens, and doesn't take over your whole life.
When people talk about the December Dilemma, though, I'm not usually put in mind of aggressive proselytizing (or worse). Just, people are doing vaguely Christmas-related celebratory things at this time of year, and I'm not going to refuse to set foot in a shop with fake snow on its windows and songs from mid-twentieth century musical films on the PA, nor avoid my friends' or in-laws' homes because they happen to have tinsel-decked trees in their living rooms. When there are elements of Christmas I don't want to participate in (for example, I never joined in the Nativity play at school, and obviously I don't eat the parts of a Christmas dinner that are incredibly treif), I don't perceive it as a dilemma, I'm just not doing things that I consider inappropriate as a Jewish person. And I've never been pressured to do things like that; I can imagine if I had been, I might be more reluctant to do related things voluntarily.
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