Jews & Christmas

Stan Adams writes: At my first office job (in college), I continued my childhood habit (instilled in me by my mother and grandmother) of giving small Christmas gifts to all of my co-workers.

One of my female co-workers looked at the gift and said, “Um … you do know I’m Jewish, right? I don’t celebrate Christmas.”

I said, “Well, think of it as a Hanukkah gift.”

“Hanukkah is over.”

“Well, it’s just a seasonal gift.”

“There’s no such thing as a seasonal gift.”

“Just think of it as a nice gesture.”

“It’s not a nice gesture. It’s a Christmas gift, and don’t try to pretend that it’s something else.”

“Well, then maybe I should just take it back.”

“No, it’s all right. I’m not overly offended. I’ll keep it.”

(She never did say “Thank you.”)

The next year, I didn’t bother with the gifts. I was tempted to give that particular woman a card saying “Happy Kwanzaa, you f**king c**t,” but I didn’t.

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