“So we want to make certain that you are feeling well at Christmas!” enthused the doctor.
Beernut cast a sidelong glance in my direction.
After the pediatrician had made the third such culturally-incorrect comment, Beernut looked about ready to jump out of his seat. Wanting to correct the doctor, he found himself unable to say anything other than whisper “you tell her.”
Hearing that we don’t celebrate Christmas because we are Jewish, the doctor made the obligatory “oh, I have lots of Jewish friends” comment, whereupon she launched into a description of the garish “Chanukah” decorations used by her friends including blue-and-white
Christmas lights and a large Christmas Tree “Chanukah bush.” “You know,” she said, “because most of my friends are in mixed marriages. But those kids are the luckiest, don’t you agree? They get so many presents.”
Beernut looked horrified and I, in a most uncharacteristic manner, said nothing. I think that she was trying to find a point of commonality and had no inkling how very uncomfortable the entire conversation was for us.
But I was curious to know what Beernut thought about the doctor’s assumption that kids who celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah are “the luckiest.” After all, he is a kid. And what kids doesn’t love getting presents?
FrumeSarah: So do you agree with what the doctor said?
Beernut: Not. At. All.
FrumeSarah: Why not?
Beernut: I think it would be too confusing. Plus they would have to go to shul and church all the time. Fridays and Sundays. Plus Religious School. Families should pick just one.
Some time after…
Beernut: So Mom, what date does Christmas fall on this year anyway?