Christmastime is always pretty awkward for us Jews. The sight of Christmas lights everywhere, Christmas tunes on the radio, and people dressing up like Santa Claus remind us of just how small minority we actually are in this country. On the one hand we’re happy for the majority of Americans for whom Christmas is the most joyful day of the year, but on the other hand we feel completely left out as we glumly eat at our local Chinese restaurant.
But this year, thanks to a coincidence caused by the fact that Jews still use a lunar calendar for unclear reasons, Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah are actually on the same night.
For those who don’t know, Hanukkah is an 8-day Jewish holiday that we light the menorah, play dreidel, eat latkes, and exchange presents. It’s formally a celebration of the Maccabee Revolt that happened way before Jesus Christ ever hit the scene, but the main reason Jews celebrate it in America these days is so their kids don’t feel so bad about missing out on Christmas that they ask their parents to convert to Christianity.
Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or neither, you should get a kick out of these Hanukkah memes.
Happy holidays to all!