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Issue #1090 :: Friday, December 10, 2004
SPECIAL ISSUE: Holiday Issue

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Editor's note
Throughout my entire childhood, my mom would always celebrate December by hiding small gifts for me and my brother Keith around the house. There was one for every one of the 24 days that led up to Christmas, with a clue telling us where to find each gift kept in an envelope that we opened every morning.

It's Hard to be a Jew on Christmas, but it's Harder to Sue Santa
As Kyle Broflovski of a little Colorado hamlet called South Park once eloquently put it, "It's hard to be a Jew on Christmas." I, as well as every other Jew in the world, know this to be the truth. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, of families and friends, of spending time with loved ones-oh and I think Jesus has something to do with it, too. For Jews, Christmas is a time to see movies and eat Chinese food.

An Open Letter to Bored Bookworms
Merry/Happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/The Non Denominational Holiday of Your Choice! Check it out, I've gotten you a gift! I am awesome. And as you can probably tell by the shape and the fact that it doesn't sound like Legos when you shake it, it's a book!

Nog: A National Institution
As the familiar presence of the gallon of milk begins to decline this holiday season, it is gradually replaced with an unusual liquid of a disturbingly murky shade of yellow.

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Editor's note
Throughout my entire childhood, my mom would always celebrate December by hiding small gifts for me and my brother Keith around the house. There was one for every one of the 24 days that led up to Christmas, with a clue telling us where to find each gift kept in an envelope that we opened every morning.

An Open Letter to Bored Bookworms
Merry/Happy Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice/The Non Denominational Holiday of Your Choice! Check it out, I've gotten you a gift! I am awesome. And as you can probably tell by the shape and the fact that it doesn't sound like Legos when you shake it, it's a book!

It's Hard to be a Jew on Christmas, but it's Harder to Sue Santa
As Kyle Broflovski of a little Colorado hamlet called South Park once eloquently put it, "It's hard to be a Jew on Christmas." I, as well as every other Jew in the world, know this to be the truth. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, of families and friends, of spending time with loved ones-oh and I think Jesus has something to do with it, too. For Jews, Christmas is a time to see movies and eat Chinese food.

Nog: A National Institution
As the familiar presence of the gallon of milk begins to decline this holiday season, it is gradually replaced with an unusual liquid of a disturbingly murky shade of yellow.

Holiday Recipes: Trifle
This holiday dessert is my family tradition. It's quite simple to make and complements egg nog.

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid
In compiling a list of wonderful Christmas movies, I got to thinking. I can rattle off more than a few classic films, like "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street." But that list would take the fun out of watching something new and different during the holidays. So, let's disregard the old-fashioned nonsense and take you back to a decade that we all love and cherish, or at least VH1 thinks so- the '80s. And surprisingly, the 1980s offers a great deal of Christmas variety:

Beau in a Bow
Okay, I'll admit that technically, Christmas is about Jesus and the manger and all that jazz. But ever since this holiday was appropriated by capitalism, it has become glaringly obvious that, without "someone special" to share it with, you are just one big Chrismukkah loser. Cases in point: sleigh rides, crackling fires, and any Christmas song by Mariah Carey. Who were these things invented for, if not lovers?


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