Keep Your Ugly Sweaters – Hanukkah Isn’t Christmas And Doesn’t Need To Be

Hanukkah is not Jewish Christmas. It never was and should not be treated as it is. So take note, retailers: Take it off. Stop trying to sell us dumb products.

Christmas is a multibillion-dollar industry of its own. Nothing can compete with the Christmas that is Christmas. And that’s fine! However, within the past two decades, retailers have realized that they are overlooking a similar, yet untapped market: Jewish holidays, particularly Hanukkah.

Although many large corporations have started serving their Jewish customers, unfortunately, because options have been limited for so long, we hope to be satisfied that companies are accepting us. Not only satisfied, but grateful. Willing to reward tokens of inclusivity with our money.

So why do so many corporations produce faux, ignorant items for sale? Because they don’t care about fixing things – just about selling things, although I don’t know who is buying these things. It’s a great way to tout inclusivity without really showing it off.

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Isn’t it better to be accepted? You might be surprised. Some is better than nothing. Not in this case. When it comes to selling holiday products, Jews often think of the latter. You shouldn’t just repackage Christmas items as Hanukkah – it usually doesn’t even make sense. It’s so easy to fix things that it’s catastrophic when the products are wrong. Not really offensive, when Sheen tries to sell the swastika necklace, but definitely demoralizes.

We don’t need a manch or a Hanukkah elf on the bench to compete with your elf on the shelf, though they can be useful for interfaith families. We don’t need the same thing you’re selling, just a change made for one holiday instead of another. Our holidays are not even remotely similar to Christian holidays; They only happen around the same time because one affects the other. Jesus’ Last Supper was a Passover sedan. Because of this, although they are not comparable, Easter and Passover are linked. And while Hanukkah and Christmas both take place near the winter solstice, they celebrate very different things.

An eight-night celebration, Hanukkah commemorates that the oil of the destroyed temple lasted eight nights instead of one. Is this a very simple explanation? Undoubted. But it shows that it has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus – what Christmas celebrates.

Worst of bizarre mash-ups? Christmas sweater. You know it. You love it and/or hate it. Ugly Funny Christmas Sweater.

From around 1950, women began to knit “jingle ball sweaters” to give people a festive look for the holidays that were becoming more and more commercialized. They were an expression of love. Itchy, uncomfortable, unfortunate, of unreasonable love. By the 1980s and ’90s, people were finally realizing that Christmas sweaters were the great equalizer; A dutiful expression of love. because they were disgusting. And as soon as they fell out of favor, hipsters reclaimed them, not as they are used to. The first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was held in 2002, and nearly 20 years later, they’re still going strong across the country.

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What started out as hipster irony somehow turned a corner a few years later and this, the ugly sweater, became a commodity of its own. No longer ironic, it was a laughing matter, but no. It foolishly displayed your faith and the bigger, the brighter, the better. It’s all very fascinating and interesting; I wonder if any other apparel is able to do this regarding the face.

But for Hanukkah. , , What? no that’s OK. Keep this 70-year tradition strictly for Christmas. Why do we need to be involved? I’ve bought my share of Hanukkah-themed shirts for my sons and my nephews, but come on; It is not included in a typical Christmas tradition. and you know what? Ok! Of all things, the Jews do not need it.

The biggest question for me is why should the holidays be stacked against each other. Or at least comparison. Perhaps this is the easiest way for people to understand. If your experience is focused, then everything else is “other” and separate. It is difficult to understand things outside the realm of my personal experiences. Perhaps comparison is the only way to bring them together. While comparison puts them in the same universe, there is no premise truth they both adhere to.

False symbols and phrases appear so frequently on Jewish items for sale that Rachel Kenneth created the Instagram account @HanukkahFails, which documents ridiculous, inappropriate, nonsensical failures when it comes to Hanukkah merchandise, including Bed Bath and Beyond Pillow. Is. Its Jewish holidays straight away.

Losing the mark so seriously is more humiliating than actually giving us nothing. Corporations are telling us, their potential customers, that they know there’s a market for Jewish related holiday décor, yet they don’t care enough to spend two minutes on Google to see what matzo ate at Hanukkah. the food was. Even if a person heard both of those words, they should take the time to see if they were in Otherwise too related.


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I don’t want to give my money to a company that can’t be bothered to pretend that a Jewish person was part of designing, making, marketing, or selling something. But don’t worry, it’s an easy solution! Within a minute or two of research, you too can know if an item is wrong or unsuitable. Or, even easier: ask a Jew. Literally, anyone who was born Jewish can tell you if there is something wrong with your product. When it comes to making sure an article or book isn’t offensive, sensitive readers will work with the authors. Perhaps it is time to employ sensibility consumerist researchers.

When we are on the subject of reading and writing, there is a leisure topic that is a little more open to interpretation. Kenneth spells Hanukkah just like I do, but if you’ve wondered why it seems that there are as many spellings for the holiday as the night, it’s because Hanukkah isn’t an English word; This is a transliteration from Hebrew. Because of this, there is no correct spelling for the holiday. There’s nothing wrong with writing Hanukkah in multiple ways – Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Chanukah – as long as you’re not using Chaka Khan, you should be good.

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