As you can probably guess, I'm not the most religious person, but it still surprises my Jewish friends that my family celebrates Christmas, even though we celebrate it because we're British, and it feels right to us - it's not a Christian thing for my family. So here's my guide to the perfect Jewish Christmas, as demonstrated by the Shamash clan!
Jews love eating, so my family loves a good turkey meal, with ALL the trimmings on Christmas Day!
2) Christmas tree
Regardless of your religion, Christmas trees are absolutely essential. A Christmas tree all lit up and pretty will vastly improve the look of any dull room in the house, and adds a pine-fresh scent to your home, who wouldn't want one?
What lots of people find odd is that on Christmas Day, our extended family all come over for a turkey lunch. Mostly this is just because it's the one day a year that we all know we'll be free for lunch, and who better to spend the day with, when we're all feeling warm and fuzzy inside with that December rush of happiness.
Yes, in the spirit of giving (and of course, after much bullying from big companies forcing us to invest in this capitalist holiday), the perfect Jewish Christmas does involve giving presents to your loved ones and friends. My family does this every Christmas morning, by the fireplace and tree, just like in the movies.
5) Christmas carols
After the perfect Jewish Christmas dinner (Kosher turkey if you're going all out), and the annual watching of the Queen's speech on BBC1 (because we are British, and my family like to boo and throw shoes at the telly during her speech - 10 bonus points if you hit her tiara!), we gather round by the piano and sing Christmas carols together.
So there you have it. The perfect Jewish Christmas.
Wishing all my readers a merry Christmas, and to the non-religious ones, just a happy New Year and an enjoyable week off work!