A Lonely Jew at Christmas

Man, this time of year is always tough for a nice Jewsih girl like me (if any Jewish mothers are reading this site and have a handsome son for me, please comment back). It makes it even harder when certain items that are used to celebrate the season have no place in the mainstream shopping malls or even specialty stores. I’m not asking for equity in holiday items or displays in stores, just throw me a freakin bone! I went to no less than TEN stores yesterday in search of a dreidel and came up empty-handed. I know Wal-Mart has been atempting to gain press by saying they’re bringing the Merry Christmas greeting back instead of the generic Happy Holidays one (really just to cover up their dismal sales figures for 2006), but did no retailer get the memo that people celebrate more than one holiday this time of year? Target had some Channukah cards and wrapping papers, but there was no such luck at Cost Plus, Pier 1 Imports, Linens and Things, the Hallmark store, Macy’s, Z Gallerie, Doubleday Bookstore, and two Holiday stores at Downtown Plaza. Rest assured ” War on Christmas” believers, there were ornaments and decorations, and clothes and games and slippers and all things Christmas at each of these stores. I’ve come to terms with the holiday season and can sit back and enjoy a good holiday tune or two, but it’s nearly impossible not to feel alientated when not one of the stores you normally shop at will even recognize that your religion and holiday exist.

5 Comments so far

  1. Jeff (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

    No dreidel at Cost Plus? That is sort of scandalous. i think the problem may be they overstocked on those cheap buddha figurines.


  2. Erik (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 6:13 am

    That really sucks…any luck yet finding a dreidel? I heard this song on NPR after I read your post: “It’s So Hard to Be the Only Jew at Christmas”. It’s by Dr. Chomski and the Grey People. I thought it had some funny lyrics. Happy Hanukkah.


  3. jack (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    ah Christians,

    they’re the ones that boiled Jews alive in oil before expelling them from Spain to the sanctuary the Arabs provided in North Africa…

    and some of those same fine Russian Christians didn’t seem to appreciate Jews much so they had their semiannual Pogrom Sale, Beyond the Pale…

    they also didn’t seem to like Jews, Gypsies, Socialists, Homosexuals, Freethinkers, Communists, so they killed them in gas chambers and then burned them up…

    but Christians tried to make it right and gave away Arab lands in Palestine to Jews…now it’s all fair and square, right?

    Merry Xmas


  4. peter (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    Hey Jack, what makes a land Arab land? This kind of determination doesn’t seem to exist anywhere in the world.


  5. Ray (unregistered) on December 24th, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

    Why don’t you look in your own back yard. There are 4 Judaica Shops attached to local synagogues. All had many, many dreidels from $.20 on up. By the way you might look up the word freaking in the Oxford English Language Dictionary. Hope you had a good Chanukah even without a dreidel!



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