Saturday, December 25, 2010

Come all ye faithful

This week a good friend asked, "so what do Jews do on Christmas?"

It's a good question, because Christmas just seems so universal, doesn't it? Everybody's getting in on Christmas. The stores that stayed open for 24 hours on Thursday night to accomodate Christmas shopping are now closed in honor of Christmas and our mail wasn't delivered and the TV, if we had had it on today, undoubtedly would have been broadcasting Christmas specials all day on every channel.

We have friends celebrating Christmas in many ways: in worship, in eggnog, in clouds of hyper-shredded wrapping paper. I hope if you did any or all of those things, you had a wonderful, inspiring, fulfilling and indulging holiday. But we didn't happen to do any of those things today. We slept in and read books and played in the snow and had family naps. It was a lovely but ordinary day.

So the real question is, "what do you do when you're not doing what everyone else is doing?"

I soooo understand the framework of that question, because it really does seem like everyone is Christmas-ing right now. And having grown up in a tiny Jewish community in a mostly Christian town, I can relate to that perspective easily.

But.

One of the things the lovely husband and I love about where we live is that it's so very diverse. For one thing, we're not the token Jews, and I am so grateful for that. For another, there are piles of other faith communties here, too, some ethnic Christian, and many not Christian at all. We pass these beautiful buildings every single day in our regular meanderings:

(Cambodian Buddhist Temple)

(Our Lady of Vietnam Catholic Parish)


(St. Andrew Ukranian Orthodox Church)


(Hindu Temple)


(Muslim Community Center)

What we do isn't what most people do, but neither are we the only minority around. And I love that about where we live.

I hope your day, whatever its level of signifcance, was everything you wanted. Pin It