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Merry Christmas -- or else!

WorldNetDaily Jew blames fellow Jews for attacking Christmas. Can we re-define "self-hating Jew"? From "criticizes Israel" to "sucks up to Evangelicals who are just waiting for him to convert so the world can end"?

10 NYC subway riders attack Jews for saying "Happy Hannukah". Muslim comes to their defense. One member of the group allegedly yelled, "Oh, Hanukkah. That's the day that the Jews killed Jesus," she said.

And in the interests of being a Shinto fanboy and adding to the Happy Holidays list:
Tohji-taisai
, the Japanese celebration of the winter solstice. When your chief god is a sun god, you don't go for subtlety... a couple of web pages say that pumpkin is traditionally eaten, because it resembles the sun. I'll remind y'all that pumpkin is an American native, and pause so we can all once again ponder the fluid nature of traditional food... especially since Japan was pretty isolated during much of the contact-with-Americas period. (Though Wikipedia says Portuguese sailors introduced kabocha to Japan in 1541, with isolation starting around 1635.)

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fanw
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
P.S. I continue to be lame about phones. Any time I actually have time, I'm usually too exhausted to do anything. Apologies for my lameness, but don't think I don't think of you and read your posts!
mindstalk
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Mmm, thanks for the note.
martianmooncrab
Dec. 13th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
that pumpkin is traditionally eaten, because it resembles the sun.

Australia has blue pumpkins (and they short and squatty) ...
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