The special duty of a Jewish Christmas baby December 25, 2011 6:26 AMSubscribe
The special duty of a Jewish Christmas baby by Sheila HetiMost of the people one deals with say, “Oh! You're a Christmas baby! You must get ripped off when it comes to presents, right?” Their eyes light up.
It's a hard question to answer. The honest answer is, “I'm a Jew, I don't celebrate Christmas,” but saying this always seems chastising, and the person who asked then feels embarrassed (as they should) and I feel embarrassed that this is my accidental role in the world: reminding everyone that Jews exist. The times I say, gruffly, “I don't know. I'm Jewish,” they usually say, “Oh, I'm sorry!” But this always sounds to me not like, “I'm sorry I assumed you were Christian,” but rather, “I'm sorry that you're Jewish.” Given all this, I usually reply simply, “Yeah, it's awful. I get ripped off every year.”[previously from Sheila Heti] posted by KokuRyu (119 comments total)
11 users marked this as a favorite
« Older For fans of either Nicholas Winding Refn's Bronson... | The EFF's Year End Review Th... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments