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December 25, 2009


I just read a brilliant blod (, sadly not written by me, but where she refers to Christmas with her Jewish cousins, who call it International Present Day.
As a Jew, I sort of feel the same way!

Cute kids by the way. Seriously cute.

Hi there Danny. Just came back from my Chinese restaurant Christmas dinner where I overcompensated for not having a real Christmas by eating way too much of this greasy-spoon restaurant's food, including an eggroll, which I usually NEVER EAT. I'm also a lover of the Christmas spirit -- hey, we Jews wrote the songs, and even the main character in the big story is a Jewish guy. I do appreciate how others want to be politically correct during the Holiday season, not wanting to offend non-Christians during Christmas. I think that is a wonderful thing about this country. But sometimes it goes a little too far. I'm certainly not going to melt if someone says Merry Christmas to me. This week, a few local bloggers went to this Christmas concert that someone got tickets to -- holiday songs played by up and coming rock band. The next day, the organizer sent me an email and apologized for not inviting me. She was worried that I might be OFFENDED because they were playing Christmas songs like Frosty the Snowman, that ultra-religious hymn. In fact, she didn't invite any of her Jewish friends for the same reason. Isn't that crazy? I probably know more of the songs than anyone else!

i'm the (flattered) blogger who writes that Rebecca was talking about. every year we celebrate with my partner's sister and husband and kids, who are Jewish. it's fun. in the leadup to the holidays, the kids have sing-offs of Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel and Away in a Manger by Skype. then we desperately try to find blue present bags with no Christmas signification. we usually fail. :)

Great post title! Can never get too much "Charlie". Happy holidays!

Chris, the commenter above, stole my exact words. Sooooo ditto.

I do understand the celebrating Christmas as a Jewish person my Irish inlaws for a big Christmas dinner is always tremendous fun....
It's blizzarding here Danny. Time to get on a plane for a warm climate. You are in the right place(for so many reasons). Sue G.

I discovered your blog several months ago when I was searching for information about Fiddler on the Roof. I bookmarked it and visit it periodically--I find the writing enjoyable even though I don't personally know you.
If you feel like you need a Chicago fix, here's a story I wrote set in the Windy City.

"Christmas with the Jews": what a great title, Danny. It sounds like the name of a seasonal sit-com...or at least the name of a sit-com episode.

I love seeing pics of the Miller kids -- what a joy!

I'm all for celebrating any holiday that comes up...Except for father's day. That one I have no use for, sadly. So, belated Merry Christmas and onto the next one, Happy new Year!

wooooooooooooooow.......that kid is way cute

and i think your an amazing person

It is a VERY Merry Christmakkah
for many people I know and thats a wondeeful thing. Both your children are beautiful and blessing to all of you.

What a wonderful Xmas/Hannukah time for Charlie and Leah and what fab pictures. I hope this will be a wonderful New Year for you all and many more to follow.

Bubbe Marilyn

I've been away from the manger for a few days and missed out on this post when it first went up but I'm catching up now.

Love the kids and their jammies. If I can believe in Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis, among others, I figure you can enjoy the hell out of the man in red. Who else do you know whose only job is to bring you gifts? He's the only one who made Christmas memorable for us little savages at Christmas. Our parents weren't getting within a mile of their parents churches.

Wonderful post!


Charlie looks so L.A. in those sunglasses! I think I love his crooked smile the most. What's coming through more and more is his individuality. And he looks SO GOOD -- so healthy and alert. Blessings! Blessings!

To my liberal Democrat friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishie.

To Everyone else, including my conservative Republican friends:Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year!

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