Monday, November 20, 2006
Credit where Credit is Due!
The upcoming, technically christian, but in all fairness basically world holiday is already on every billboard, in every magazine and in many very enjoyable made for TV movies.
I have no objections against any religious holiday as long as its spirit is not anti-semitic.
In fact strolling and looking at the manifold and beautiful christmas decorations is very pleasant and relaxing.
Yet there’s something that definitely bothers me about this holiday.
Hard working parents, spend hours looking for the right gift, stand in line during what is considered the most hectic shopping season of the whole year, lovingly take the gifts home and hide them.
Then when it’s time to distribute the presents they tell their kids that an old mystical figure, who in all honesty would not be chosen to represent weight watchers, is the guy they have to thank.
Why would anyone hand over credit to a nonexistent character instead of being the recipient of the child’s love and gratitude?
Buying a gift for someone else can be greater than buying something for oneself, but that is only true if you see that person reaction and joy.
We are not referring to a case of donating Tzedakkah where anonymous giving is the ideal way to do it.
If I buy a gift, I’m sure not going to tell the beneficiary that some stranger from the mall is the one to be grateful too.
Its just a custom. we have many interesting customs as well.
good point though!!
the holiday is more blurred these days, what with all consumerism and the focus on gifts as opposed to a more real meaning.
I was just pointing out that I can't understand it's focus.
Social-Thanks it's good to be back.
1Beautiful-true santa is a friendly old fellow that brings joy, that’s cute.
Mimi-I guess it is, I meant that in general though, I have no problems with anyone’s customs as long as it doesn’t involve demeaning the Jews or Israel. If it involves slaughtering goats, well that’s their business then.
YY-I don’t know about that, I don’t think the stupid factor can be arranged by religious belief.
Sarah-indeed, it’s incredible how marketed it all is, but are our holidays so much better in this regard? With hotels opening everywhere etc..?
I like Christmas music. It's so cheery and I sing along to myself in stores. May Hashem forgive me.
I even heard them in shul.
How you ask? a guy who probably doid not realize what it was had it as ringtone on his cell.
are you also against the tooth fairy?
But anon brought out a good point about Eliyahu HaNavi. However- he was a real person (or is still...?)and Santa- LEHAVDIL- was not.
Anonymous-not at all, we do not ask the kids to thank Eliyahu for anything.
And as workingema said, santa is an imaginary guy wheel Eliyahu is a historical character.
No problem with the tooth fairy, although I usually say mice are coming to exchange the teeth for money.
Malka-exactly my point! Thanks for visiting.
Sara –no music indeed, xmas is still more interesting :)
Workingema-there lies the big difference and the fact that Eliyahu isn’t given credit for anything the parents did (imagine we said the afikomen gift is from Eliyahu??would any kid take their parents seriously after that?)
Y.Y...having read your posts on several blogs, you are just plain offensive, not to mention ignorant. Obviously when you were learning, your rav left out the lesson on manners. And by the way, Santa Claus is not a religious figure, he is a FOLKLORE figure. And yes, I'm Christian.
As Rashi explains it is because the receiver must know who to give thanks and have appreciation to!
So, Judaism doesn't agree with fat old Santa's way of giving!
Anonymous-are you chrisitan from birth?
Where did you pick up the word ‘rav’?
I’m against trashing other religions and know some very nice people who happen to be christians personally and get along just fine.
Yet the fact remains that under the banner of chritianity many Jews were robbed, abused and slaughtered and whether folklore or religious it’s mostly chrisitan parents who bring up santa on xmas.
Jessica-I agree that he’s completely harmless, in fact he is somewhat of a role model, always cheery and so on.
Lakewood-whenever I’ve got a thought it turns out it’s been written before!
Thanks for brining up this gemarah.
I dont dispute that ancient Christians persecuted the Jewish people in terrible ways but I do find it unfair that modern day Jews continue to blame modern day Christians for events that took place a thousand years ago.
As for Santa, he is a folklore figure and for our children is fun for imagination and FUN'S sake. Our kids get great enjoyment out of believing in the magic, so to speak. My children are aware of everything I do for them every day of their lives. I dont think that believing that a jolly old fellow who can magically fly, bring joy to children around the world all in one night and can squeeze his big belly down a chimney once a year takes away from that.
Good Channukah to you if I dont get back here before then ;)
One more comment...my kids' love and gratitude for me comes from being a wonderful mother, not from whatever material gifts that I give them. At 3 and 6 they are already learning tis better to give than to receive.
I don't think nor did I write that I dislike santa,xmas or christians.
It was about the fact that young kids do not (because they don't know) show appreciation to their parents for the many gifts they receive.
Thanks for visiting my blog and posting your opinion.
I hope I haven't offended you.
It's beautiful that your kids are mature enough to realize that you do everything for them and appreciate that.
But that's not the case in every family, sometimes for young children receiving gifts is an expression of love they can understand.
Chaverah-I think the tooth fairy is slightly different, a dollar is not equal to hours of waiting in line and a new xbox:)
Beautiful1-xmas is short for christmas. Although I'm not sure Webster carries that spelling.
What is very apparent to me is that my kids, and I should specify not so much yet my 3 year old (as she is after all 3 years old) but more so my 6 year old seem to get more pleasure out of my spending time with them, never being too busy to listen to them or play with them, volunteering at their schools, reading to them, taking them on outings, much more than toys and gifts. And no, I have never nor will I EVER stand on line for hours with a bunch of crazed and rabid shoppers for ANY toy. Even many of us Christians find that insane ;)
And yes, we do the tooth fairy thing. It is a harmless and fun little fairy tale and our kids enjoy believing.
In Switzerland Santa Clause is not just a jolly fellow. If they children did not behave well during the year they fear to be put in a bag and taken to the forest by him, hence kids fear the moment of truth every year and are pretty scared of Santa - how funny is that?
I do have a question though...do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Being that it is an American holiday and not a religious one, if not, why not?
Anonymous- I’m relieved you weren’t offended as this isn’t and never was the intention of any of my writings.
It sounds like you’re a great mom, who understands priority as it should be.
Indeed christian or Jewish, the only way to be a good mother is by giving and showing lots of love to you kids
It was very interesting to learn that xmas entails lots of pagan customs, I never realized that before.
I can’t answer for head over heel, but many Jews celebrate thanksgiving, as being thankful for what we’ve got is also a Jewish concept. And turkey happens to be kosher:)
Mia-what an interesting santa the Swiss have, I bet kids (who still believe) make sure to behave well.
HOH-The shopping thing is crazy, I stay far away during this time, from large shopping areas.
Bellany-Just my thoughts on paper(well not really on paper)
One more thing re. toys- I think most kids today have WAY too many toys. I go to my kids' friends and cousins houses and these people could seriously open a store with all the toys they have. I buy my kids toys too, of course, but I've really cut back in recent years- they've already got plenty and don't need every new toy on the market. In fact, we just cleaned out the toy room and gave away lots of outgrown toys to charity- I was happy to see that they really enjoyed performing this mitzvah.
And you're right, the whole Santa thing is rather silly.
A doll or a miniature car doesn’t do it anymore.
I agree the decoration is gorgeous.
Lucy-Hi, so nice to see you on this blog again.
Thanks for posting this information.
ralph lauren polo
Coach Outlet Store Online Handbags Clearance
Air Jordan 3 III Retro Free Shipping
louis vuitton outlet
coach factory outlet online
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton handbags
michael kors handbag
coach factory outlet
Authentic Louis Vuitton Belts Outlet Store
Buy Kobe Shoes Online Discount
coach factory outlet
Michael Kors Online Outlet Shop
Jordan 6 Rings Powder Blue
Coach Factory Outlet Private Sale
ralph lauren uk
coach factory outlet
Oakley Vault Outlet Store Online
Christian Louis Vuitton Red Bottoms
Discount Ray Ban Polarized Sunglasses
michael kors outlet
Michael Kors Outlet Handbags Factory Price
Abercrombie & Fitch Factory Outlet
oakley sunglasses,oakley vault,prescription sunglasses,polarized sunglasses,aviator sunglasses,spy sunglasses,oakleys,oakley canada,cheap oakley sunglasses,oakley frogskins,oakley holbrook,cheap sunglasses,wayfarer sunglasses,oakley standard issue,fake oakleys,oakley glasses,oakley.com,oakley prescription glasses,oakley goggles,sunglasses for men,oakley gascan,oakley store,oakleys sunglasses
Louis Vuitton Handbags Factory Store
ugg boots outlet
Louis Vuitton Handbags Discount Off
louis vuitton outlet online
canada goose pas cher
canada goose outlet
true religion jeans
michael kors handbags
michael kors handbags
Links to this post: