Musical comedian Katie Goodman‘s tune “I’ll Be Jewish for Christmas” (co-written by husband Soren Kisiel) speaks to people’s prejudgments about others’ presumed participation in the Christian holiday of Christmas. More specifically, and as Dylan P. Gadino, Laughspin, asserts, “…(U)nless you walk around wearing an ‘I’m A Jew’ t-shirt, folks assume you celebrate Christmas. And, well, that can be annoying.”
Christian-bred but unaligned with any religion since my youth and not a fan of how our culture does Christmas—yet not in possession of a t-shirt proclaiming this fact—I’m also regularly the recipient of irrelevant holiday wishes. And, as if I hadn’t already identified enough with Goodman’s song, recently this has been enhanced. I’ll explain.
I just learned from an aunt that my mom’s forebears were actually Jews who converted to Christianity because of persecution. So it’s official (well, probably not really “official”): I can now wear the t-shirt (where can I find one) and shout from the mountaintops (not really my style) “I’ll be Jewish for Christmas.”
But seriously, whereas I actually prefer being label-less when it comes to this facet of my identity, Goodman, by the way, has been know to self-describe, according to a post from 2011, as “Jewish-Christian-Buddhist-agnostic.”
I bet that she and I have a lot in common, regardless.
Hit it, Katie: