This Christmas story was forwarded to me and I laughed. I thought about posting it here. But I didn’t think it was politically correct. So I googled the story and found that it was published online by The Jewish Magazine. When I laughed I wasn’t laughing at little Jimmy Cohen but at the irony of spending so much money on toys for our children. Wouldn’t it be great if instead we opened up a savings account for them, bought educational software, clothes or books?
A Jewish Christmas Story
The teacher was very curious about how each of her students celebrated Christmas Eve “Tell me Patrick, what do you do on Christmas Eve?” she asked.
Patrick addressed the class. “Well Miss, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to midnight Mass and we sing hymns, then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.”
“Very nice Patrick, now Jimmy Brown, what do you do?”
“Well Miss, me and my sister go to Church with Mum and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents.”
Remembering there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, “Now Jimmy Cohen, what do you do on Christmas Eve?”
“Well Miss, it’s the same old thing every year. Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls and drive to his toy factory. When we get inside we look at all the empty shelves and sing “What a friend we have in Jesus”. Then we go to the Bahamas.”
Very cute….it’s okay to laugh at stereotypes, even when they are our own 🙂