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What do Jewish People do on Christmas?

Renee Eder on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Some Americans think of Christmas as a secular or cultural holiday, although most recognize the religious significance of the holiday. Since it is one of the most religious days of the year for Christians, most Jewish people don't celebrate Christmas. However, we do admire the beautiful trees and decorations and the idea of spending time with family and exchanging gifts.

So if you are Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas, then what is there to do on December 25? Here are some ideas for Jewish families:

  • Go out for Chinese food: Many Jewish people go out for Chinese food on Christmas. There are a lot of good Chinese restaurants in Northern Virginia that are open on Christmas day. In Maryland, there are several kosher-certified Chinese restaurants to choose from, so that even the most observant Jew can eat Chinese on Christmas.
  • Go to a movie: Many movie theaters are open on Christmas day, and some new movies are even released on Christmas for families to enjoy.
  • Get together with family: It's often tough to get the whole family together for dinner, especially when the children are grown up or not living in the immediate area. Christmas is a time when everybody is sure to have the day off and a great day to plan a family meal.
  • Volunteer: Jewish people often volunteer on Christmas to help those in need in the community, by making casseroles, or helping out at food banks or homeless shelters.

And, of course, we saved the best idea for last. You can take your family to J Fest for a day of spectacular fun, food, and entertainment!  Attendees can experience the magic of Jay Mattioli, who electrified the nation and awed the judges, during his appearance on NBC’s #1 hit show “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT,” where he was selected as a Quarter Finalist!  In addition, children can come dressed up as their favorite character and join us for a “Frozen” Sing Along. There will also be kosher food available for purchase, a moon bounce, arts and crafts, face painting, a community service and more.  And, of course, everyone is welcome!

Following J Fest, enjoy a free screening of The Frisco Kid Join us for the screening of this hilarious 1979 comedy/western starring Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford. Plot: A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws!  Please see this flier and visit our website for more details.

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