What Is It Like To Be Jewish On Christmas?

Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I still enjoy all things festive and jolly this time of year. But let me let you in on what it’s like to be a Jewish person during Christmastime.

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim
OUTFIT DETAILS:
ASOS RED COAT | OLD BOOHOO CLUTCH, some great options | MADEWELL DENIM | SCARF | STRIPED BUTTON DOWN | ROCKSTUD HEELS, OPTION FOR LESS | BAUBLEBAR EARRINGS, more festive styles | LIPS: STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK IN  BESO SHIMMER

Photography by Denise Marieko

Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim Lifestyle blogger Roxanne of Glass of Glam wearing a red ASOS coat, Valentino rockstud heels, a plaid scarf, and Madewell denim

OUTFIT DETAILS:
ASOS RED COAT | OLD BOOHOO CLUTCH, some great options | MADEWELL DENIM | SCARF | STRIPED BUTTON DOWN | ROCKSTUD HEELS, OPTION FOR LESS | BAUBLEBAR EARRINGS, more festive styles | LIPS: STILA LIQUID LIPSTICK IN  BESO SHIMMER

 

 

1.Everyone is always wishing me a Merry Christmas. There are the few all inclusive “happy holidays” but I’m always just happy to meet a kind soul who gives out well wishes. I always smile and tell them merry Christmas right back.

2. I had to get myself an ugly Chanukah sweater. I felt pretty left out, so I found such a perfect Chanukah one! It has Dreidels and cats on it.

3.We celebrate for 8 days, but the timing is always different. While Christmas is on the same day every single year, Chanukah lands on a different day every year. That’s because the Jewish calendar is based on the moon.  We are likely as puzzled as you are about when Chanukah actually starts. Google always does the trick.

4.Although Chanukah is technically the “festival of lights” we don’t do the strands of lights on our homes and balconies. My mom likes to decorate with pretty blue and white decorations around the house, but I just like to display my menorahs. I don’t have a Chanukah bush, and I honestly don’t know any Jewish friends who do. We DO love seeing all of your Christmas lights and decor! I especially loved seeing the National Tree in DC, Rockefeller Center in NYC, and right now where I’m sitting I can see the huge beautiful tree in Millennium Park.

5.Christmas is such a lovely time for us to relax and go under the radar. Since Christmas isn’t a big family holiday, but we are essentially kicked out of our workplaces so we get a bonus vacation where we aren’t obligated to do anything in particular. Dan and I love to travel on Christmas. In the past we really loved the Christmas brunch on our Caribbean cruise, the Christmas dancing at the pool in Mexico, and this year we will be in Munich!

6.We sometimes chuckle and feel proud that some of the most popular Christmas culture was actually created by Jewish artists. Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, White Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Silver Bells – were all written by Jewish songwriters or lyricists. So we basically wrote the soundtrack to your holiday. You’re welcome!

7.Yes, we really do order Chinese food and go to the movies.  Why? Because traditionally those are the only things that are open! Why takeout, though? If you want a reservation at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas then you need to make a reservation really far in advance. Apparently it is such a popular tradition that Christians who are sick of ham and sugar cookies want to do it, too!

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In honor of the holidays, I’m sharing my holiday look with 14 other style bloggers! I hope you find their looks as inspiring as I do, and feel free to visit their blogs for all the holiday outfit details.

The Holiday Series: What to Wear for Christmas, the biggest Multi-Blogger Collaboration.
15 Fashion Bloggers talk about their Christmas Outfits + Traditions!

Ada: “Christmas is my favorite holiday – as if you didn’t guess by how I decorate – so of course I had to wear an outfit that says Christmas. Fair isle and red buffalo plaid do that for me. The red gloves are a bonus. I had to be comfortable too for all the yummy food we will eat and since I will be spending Christmas at home this year with my immediate family, I chose a simple+casual look. Gëzuar Krishtlindjet!! That means «Merry Christmas» in Albanian.”
 
Christine: “This romantic Victorian inspired outfit is perfect for a casual Chic Christmas. I absolutely love the delicate écru lace blouse and black velvet combination. It’s a chic alternative to any holiday dress outfit. Joyeux Noël! “
 
Whitney: “This year I’ll be sharing double the love since I will be spending Christmas Day with my boyfriend’s family as well as my own!  We will be hopping from family party to family party so I need something to wear that is festive, comfy (for all that eating) and practical for braving the Michigan elements. “
 
Kimberly: “On Christmas Eve I go out to dinner with my family I would wear this basic, classic outfit. As a coat I will be wearing this leopard coat. It’s the warmest coat I have and it was a great buy. It’s about 20 years old. On Christmas I go for a more casual look and like to be comfy.”
 
Roxanne: “I am going to be away in Munich during Christmas, but here is a festive look that I will be posting on Glass of Glam soon! I am Jewish so I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I like to partake in festive outfits and go to holiday parties! This red coat screams “holiday” to me!”
 
Kellyann: “I host Christmas Day at our house so not only do I want to be comfortable but I want to look good as well.  Since I have no idea what the weather will really be like that day – it could be 80 or it could be 50, welcome to Florida – I chose a lightweight sweater with fun sleeves and faux leather leggings.”
 
Jennie: “Over the years I always dressed up for Christmas to make the event even more special, especially as there were multiple family events over the day. The past couple of years I have been drawn to more comfortable looks as I now host the family celebrations in my home. My cranberry polka dot vest and plaid scarf bring some festivity to my comfortable jeans and boots.”

Shelbee: “I never was a fan of holiday-themed clothing at all, but this year I decided to go outside of my comfort zone for my Christmas outfit.  I chose this adorable black and green dress from Rosegal which features a festive winter scene on the skirt.  It is short sleeved so I layered a long sleeve back tee under it for extra warmth and my  silver velvet booties completely the look perfectly.  Happy Holidays to everyone!”


Kristin: “Our last two years in Germany we have had friends and family come visit us for Christmas. This year my husband and I will be enjoying the holiday by ourselves (along with our pup) so we will make a nice dinner at home and pop some champagne. That’s why I’m keeping it casual with a bell sleeve sweater, jeans, and red heels. Happy Holidays, everyone!”
 
Michelle: “I love this layered look for picking a Christmas tree, Christmas caroling, walking around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights or any other outdoor activity around the holidays. This look is casual but still festive thanks to my plaid vest, cozy hat and red lip! Finish it off with a hot cocoa to keep warm!”


Linda: “This has been my Christmas Day outfit for the last three years. A skirt I found at Winners ( TJMaxx equiv) over a decade ago but on that is timeless.  Sometimes I wear it with a black cashmere sweater or with a white lace sweater. I love the festive yet fun look of Santa and the skateboards.

Merry Christmas from my home to yours ( and from Lou too).”


Lizzie: “I love untraditional holiday looks and think this look would be perfect for Christmas Eve! I adore the velvet and sparkle with the unexpected color combo and print.”
 
Lee: “This year we are spending Christmas at the beach.  I am packing light with comfortable clothing.  This outfit is perfect for any occasion.  I love leather front leggings and this faux fur coat paired together!”


Monica: “Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate!  Christmas is such a special time for me because growing up we had a lot of traditions in our household and some of those traditions I’ve taken with me in my own home with my fiance and fur babies.  I hope everyone has a great Christmas!”


Chrissy: Christmas morning starts at home in our pjs, but we’ve been known to drop in on family and friends as the day wears on.” 

LINDA from A Labour of Life
 LEE from Wine and Couture
ADA from Elegance and Mommyhood
SHELBEE from Shelbee on the Edge

 
 
 
 
 
 

–Roxanne

Currently Sipping: Berry Tea from Varieteas

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12 Responses to What Is It Like To Be Jewish On Christmas?

  1. Jessica says:

    Hi ! I enjoyed reading about your heritage and love the menorah and festive decor. Your red coat is lovely! I always love a red or burgundy coat in my closet for the weather. Happy Holdidays!
    thanks for linking! Happy Holidays!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  2. Ruth says:

    I love hearing about other traditions than Christmas. I loved seeing your decorations and the menorah in your home. I think it’s awesome to know that all those songs were written by Jews! That’s so cool!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

  3. lol the irony of the Christmas songs. Interesting post!
    http://www.comfycozyup.com

  4. I’ll bet Indian food is open on Christmas too, that can be a new tradition 😀

  5. melissa says:

    I love that you are not offended by Merry Christmas. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas you can still enjoy the well wishes, joy and good feelings that are intended by a Merry Christmas greeting.

  6. Elise says:

    Love this post Roxanne. I have a ton of Jewish friends and they all say the same thing, although a lot of them growing up did have a Hanukkah bush. I am glad you are not offended by someone wishing you a Merry Christmas, I always try to be inclusive with a Happy Holidays, but you are right, the well wishes are always appreciated. I hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah with your family and you and Dan have a blast in Munich! Love this look, your shoes are gorgeous!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  7. Meghan Grace says:

    So interesting! I was in the hospital at Christmas two years ago and my husband brought two of my snowmen figurines and a little lit (electric) house to help cheer me up. One of my nurses who was from India (she was Hindu) said that her family even puts up a Christmas tree with lights because of the joy of the season. She too said she is never offended when someone wishes her Merry Christmas.
    I hope that you have a wonderful trip to Munich! Meghan

  8. jodie says:

    This was so fun to read, Roxanne!! Because I do have Jewish friends and I always forget and say Merry Christmas. Luckily they don’t get upset either, because it is the happiness that I’m trying to project!!!
    And I never knew that about those songs—how funny!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Roxanne says:

      Thank you, Jodie! I think it is something that a lot of people wonder about, right? I was shocked about all the songs, too! But that all goes to show that we are all more similar than we think.

  9. Roxanne, I think this is my favorite post of all 15 of the holiday outfit posts! You rock! That coat is fabulous and so is your scarf! And I hope you had a very wonderful Chanukah (yes, I had to Google search to see if it was over!) I also wish you safe travels to Munich and hope you make so many amazing memories there!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com