I find myself running around today singing “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”. And with 6 inches of snow on the ground in Chicago, Bing Crosby’s (above) White Christmas is at the top of my list, too.
As my son says “you’re not even Christian.” But that doesn’t stop me from craving Santa shaped sugar cookies and cinnamon potpourris this time of year either.
Why? Because I grew up in the United States. And while Christmas clearly carries deep religious significance for many, it also has a dramatic and central role in American popular culture. It’s still a fantastic day with no work and a time to spend with family. Who doesn’t want that?
So, next time someone expresses surprise at my “Jewish” nostalgia for Christmas past, perhaps I’ll just say “oh, I’m celebrating the Japanese version of Christmas!
Egg Nog, anyone?
What are you doing tonight and tomorrow? Is it typically “American?” What are the parts that strike you as such?