As the Christmas season approaches I want to remind all my Jewish readers to be understanding about this Christian holiday.
There is nothing actually related to Christianity about this holiday, or date, which is why different sects of Christianity celebrate this holiday at different times and different ways. The current celebration began in the U.S. just before the Civil War and was made official after the Civil War by the victorious Union Congress. Many of the Christmas symbols are derived from Northern European pagan winter practices.
Here in America in the 20th Century we have added stories and music such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer created by a Jew, Robert May, and set to music written by a Jew, Johnny Marks ( a friend of my mother’s).
Bob May borrowed the reindeer theme from Bambi, another story written by a Jew, Felix Salten, writing about Jews in pre-Nazi Germany.
The song we hear endlessly at this time of the year, White Christmas, was written by Irving Berlin another Jew.
To put it simply, Jews as well as my others have created the modern Winter celebration known as Christmas.