Meet Santa Claus: a lawyer who went to the Yeshiva of Flatbush.
He lives on Mount Sinai, rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer Moishe, Herschel and Schlomo, and bears sort of “meh” presents like socks and slacks.
From Boston to Austin and Chicago to Los Angeles, revelers across the United States will be donning red and white suits this weekend to mark the worldwide SantaCon holiday pub crawl.
Christmas is America’s storybook holiday with presents, fun and family. Instead of fighting it, why don’t we make our traditions equally compelling, Elissa Strauss asks.
Annette Powers’ son is being raised Jewish, but also celebrates Christmas and Easter with his father. That makes for some uneasy chats about the Easter bunny and Santa Claus.
Santa Claus. Kris Kringle. Good Old St. Nick. The name is joy itself to children all over America. Except if they happen to be Jewish, that is.
Every Christmas, millions of smiling children visit Santa Claus at shopping malls. Some of the men in red suits and white beards have a secret: They’re Jewish.
Jarrod Tanny is Jewish through and through and never wanted a Christmas tree. He explains how he lost the battle to a bearded fat man who shall remain nameless.
Forward food editor Devra Ferst never celebrated Christmas, but she fell in love with the holiday’s cookie culture as a child.
I was raised Jewish in a suburb outside Atlanta. Being Jewish in the South during the 1980s and ’90s was such a difficult task. It left me sympathetic to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and how he must have felt while being ostracized and excluded from all the “reindeer games.” I myself was never invited to any of the “games” in my neighborhood, and I am prone to believe that this, too, had something to do with my nose (although mine did not glow).