What will you do on December 25th?

It’s the BIG one, Christmas! What will you do on December 25?

I like this article’s opening which says, there’s more than one way to spend Christmas Day. For some folks Christmas Eve is the time for a big meal and presents under the tree. Then it’s a hike on Christmas Day.  For many of us it’s a wide range of possibilities.  Going out to eat – especially at an Asian restaurant – is a common choice. Luckily for East Bay residents Oakland Side offered a list of restaurants open for business on December 25.

What do we do?
For some family friends it is a hike out in nature. For one beloved Jewish niece it is watching Elf for the millionth time. There’s an old black and white film with Barbara Stanwyck, Christmas in Connecticut, which I love to watch. It has very little to do with Christmas, but it is one of those 1940’s comedies with old stars and no cell phones. This is a wonderful day to do for others – serve a Christmas meal at a homeless shelter, deliver presents to kids who won’t be getting much. It’s also a cozy day to read aloud as a family or couple. One thing I LOVE about winter is that the cold just shouts for board games. It’s not a board game but, Bananagrams is a family favorite here. Another winter favorite for me is baking. I love to make all sorts of cookies. I spend hours with my sister making them and we send them off to loved ones, or deliver to neighbors.

Tell me what you plan to do.


Thoughts and Feelings about Christmas
There are so many perspectives on Christmas. Don’t think for a moment that your feelings are isolated.  Here is a sample of views that interfaith couples have brought to me.

Hanukkah and Christmas: Is it a Dilemma?

Being Jewish is more than avoiding Christmas

I Just Can’t Give up Christmas

I love Christmas, I hate Christmas

How to Tell People you are Perfectly Fine without Christmas

Raising Jewish kids and celebrating Christmas


Last but not least, a few things to do locally…

Watch Kung Pao Kosher online on Dec. 24, 25 or 26

Check out the new Preschool starting at Kol Shofar in Tiburon.
Kol Shofar is thrilled to announce the fall 2022 opening of our new preschool!
The Grove Preschool at Kol Shofar views each child as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care. Through love, encouragement, and Jewish values, the Kol Shofar Preschool prepares children to confidently and creatively meet the challenges of their generation.
Accepting applications now – click here to learn more.

Sign up for a basic Judaism class
Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Traditions of Judaism 

(Jewish Diversity)
Some things hold the Jewish world together, things we all share. Other things express the cultural, historical, and geographic diversities of Judaism. This class looks at both.
Topics include the things we share, such as Shabbat, the synagogue, and the prayer service.
Then we’ll look at the diversity of Jewish traditions: Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, and other groups, as well as North American Judaism. We’ll look at the movements of Judaism: Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Renewal.
We finish up by looking at Jewish food customs, which are both shared and diverse.
No Hebrew is required, no previous knowledge is assumed, and all are welcome, whether Jewish or not.
This is one of three terms of Introduction to the Jewish Experience, but anyone is welcome to take this class.

Dates:  Jan. 2 to Feb. 20, 2022
Time:   Sundays, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Place:   Online
Cost:    The full tuition for each 8-session class is $200 per household. However, we offer a “pay what you can” option for those who cannot afford the full tuition. Absolutely no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Please note that registrations will close–no exceptions–before class on January 2. Please register before the end of 2021!
Register here