Oy to the world! With Costco selling Christmas trees since October (the chutzpah!) it can only mean that Christmas is fast approaching … and as a member of the tribe, you can feel left out and the FOMO sets in.
But there is nothing wrong with celebrating Yuletide in your own way. In America, the Jews like to go out for Chinese or to hit the slots in Atlantic City. In the UK, we enjoy cooking a Kosher turkey and sitting down with our loved ones – like a Shabbos.
But alas, the connection with Jews and Christmas goes even further. After all, Jews have lived in the western world since Christmas began. We have people with names like Tannenbaum (which literally means Christmas Tree in German) and if his first name was Rudolph, it would be even more Christmassy.
Christmas Songs Written By Jews
In an attempt to get in on the action, we have even written a number of top-selling Christmas songs including:
- Have yourself a merry little Christmas
- Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
- Winter Wonderland
- White Christmas
- Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
- Sleigh Ride
In fact! They are pretty much the biggest songs for Christmas! So maybe you will feel less annoyed when you hear them in Sainsbury’s or on the radio every 2 minutes in December!
Our version of Jewish-Christmas songs include the self-depreciating awkwardness and Jewish neuroiticism. For instance:
- Silent night (I should be so lucky …)
- Rudolph (the big nose) Reindeer
- Oy to the world
- Shmech the halls with bounds of holly
- Its the most wonderful time of the year (except my in-laws are coming!)
- Santa Clause is coming to town (and I bet he wants somewhere to stay, oy vey)
And if you want to have a little bit of harmless fun with your children on Christmas, you can send them an official letter from Santa – all a bit of fun, but why not!!
Anyway, back to the ironing!
G-d Bless you my boobalahs!
The Jewish Mother