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What This Jew Does On Christmas Eve In Toronto

chinese restaurant note thanks Jews for eating on christmas

Yes, this year it happens to be that it is still Hanukkah but we don’t have massive meals with the whole family and tons of celebrations every night for 8 nights during Hanukkah. As well, Hanukkah doesn’t usually happen to coincide with Christmas (although they are usually pretty close to each other).

There is this video that has been around and on YouTube since 2007 called “Chinese Food On Christmas.” It is somewhat of a stereotype that Jews go to the movies and eat Chinese food on Christmas but there is a lot of truth to it…what the heck else are we supposed to do after all? The above picture has been floating around the internet I am told for quite a while but the stereotype is totally true simply because unless we want to go to Kosher restaurants Chinese places are pretty much the only places open to get food on Christmas, that and movie theaters. To be fair, this is changing as more and more of the population are not Christian or not that interested in practicing and spending time doing huge family meals. I don’t judge other people’s religions because I appreciate it if no one judges me with mine (or lack thereof).

You already know that I stocked up on books to read this holiday season but even that wears thin after a couple of hours. Truth be told, there is something else Jews (and those who don’t celebrate Christmas) can do on Christmas Eve in major cities: PARTY! In a lot of cities with large Jewish populations they have a yearly “Matzoball” which is in its 23rd year here in Toronto. Because Toronto has enough people interested in going out on Christmas Eve there is also another event referred to as Dreidle Rock which is in its 10th year.

Matzoball Dreidle Rock Toronto 2011 posters

The above posters are completely real as you can see by checking out the links below. I don’t doubt there are a number of other events going on that I don’t know about but what can you do.

I am heading out to one of those two and they are always a fun time because you get such an interesting mix of people. You get the majority of Jews, obviously, but you also get a bunch of Asians, atheists of all varieties, Arabs, and people from the countries of the Indian subcontinent. This year I am bringing my friend @ellerich with me to the event. She, like most of my friends who aren’t Jewish, was amazed to hear that something like this even goes on when I told her but I guess no one ever thinks about it because we are indoctrinated to think that everything is closed on Christmas.

Matzoball on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/311828078846960/

Dreidle Rock on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/251743701546378/

Someone on a site called JewFAQ even took the time to write a FAQ about Jews on Christmas too, haha. Check it out here (it is mostly aimed at people in the USA).

Chinese restaurant to Jews note via http://www.happyplace.com/

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