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Yes, I’m Jewish. Yes, I celebrate Hanukkah. Isn’t eight nights of a December (sometimes November) holiday enough?

No. No it is not.

I love Christmas. This does not mean I love Hanukkah any less. I mean latkas done right are the greatest (I’m a fan of crispy over thick), eight nights of presents rock (even when one of them is ALWAYS underpants—thanks, Mom), and playing dreidel was my first taste of the highs and lows of gambling.

But back to Christmas. Do I love/believe all (or any of) the religious aspects of the holiday? No. I mean cool if you do. But that’s not what I’m here for. Otherwise I’m here for SO many aspects of Christmas. The treats, the tree, the music, the capitalism. I’m down for all of it. This month, leading up to Christmas, I’m going to share with you all the things I love about xmas (including calling it “xmas”). Join me, won’t you? L’chaim.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

This is a must watch every Christmas season for this Jewess. I’ll view it at least once, if not six times. The fact that I can start sharing it with my daughter, who’s three, is even cooler. She calls Charlie Brown “Baby Charlie” because he’s bald. Poor Charlie, he can’t even catch a break with my kid. Every time I hear that “Christmas time is hereee…” musical strains I get all mushy inside. The film has a pretty religious angle to it, especially because Linus gets super preachy about how Christmas has become to capitalist and commercial. At the end Charlie shares the religious holiday story– the “true meaning” of Christmas.

It’s not about the moralizing, it’s about THE DANCING. It’s iconic. All the kids have a dance break and they’re each busting out their own sick moves. I love it so much that my husband and I once watched it on our honeymoon in Costa Rica over the Thanksgiving holiday, and drunk on daiquiris we imitated all the dances and it was the greatest. Also, as a blonde little sister, Sally has always been my favorite character and she really gets in some killer lines in this movie. Even in November, when I hear the music from this movie I know Christmas time is here.

*We realize that Jews don’t celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and also realize this isn’t really an Advent Calendar