Thursday, December 24, 2009

Xmas eve dilemmas past

When I was growing up in South Jersey, in the ancient days before cable TV and videos, Christmas Eve used to be a lot worse for Jews than it is now. We couldn't go out because nothing was open--movie theaters and restaurants were all closed for "yontif." There was nothing on television but midnight masses from either the Vatican or New York City. My favorite joke about Christmas Eve in those days is that we had a choice of Saint Pete's or Saint Pat's. :) I don't miss those "good old times."


Anonymous Miami Al said...

I guess growing up in South Florida, I've never understood this Jewish panic when Christmas rolls around. Big deal, stores are closed and people are off from school. It is possible to do stuff with your family without engaging in commerce.

OTOH, we had the beach, pools, etc, but I guess you are stuck indoors in greater NYC for the day.

Fri Dec 25, 11:07:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Yeah, it's a bit chilly for a walk on the beach. :)

Fri Dec 25, 11:41:00 AM 2009  

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