How Jews celebrate Christmas: Photo origin corrections and a song

Photo courtesy Hadley V. Baxendale; Location, probably San Francisco, applicability universal
Photo courtesy Hadley V. Baxendale; Location, probably San Francisco, applicability universal

The song

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1uZ_W7atDE[/youtube]

Correction

1. Hadley V. Baxendale, who sent the above photograph, sets the record straight: “BTW, Joel, this is not my photograph, and I don’t know if it is San Francisco – it was e-mailed to me by [Pseudonemous Friend] and is now officially viral.”

2. Hadley writes to Pseudonemous Friend: “[D]o  you know the source of the Chinese food poster image?  If so please reply-all, as Joel has posted it on his website.”

3. Pseudonemous Friend replies: Don’t know the source.  I saw it on Facebook and believe I saw it last year, so who knows where it was taken and how long it has been floating around.

4. Snopes, a site noted for debunking urban myths, purports to set the record straight. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/photos/chinese.asp

“This photo is posted on many different websites. Sounds like a prank to me….

“Origins:   Nowadays in most U.S. communities, some businesses such as retail stores, grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants (particularly of the fast food variety), and movie theaters are open for at least a portion of Christmas Day. But back in the day, as older folks are wont to say, this wasn’t the case — the business that wasn’t shuttered tightly for all of Christmas was the rare exception, and consumers looking for a meal, out in search of entertainment, or wanting to pick up a few groceries or other necessities on Christmas Day were often out of luck.”This circumstance led to the stereotype of Jews patronizing Chinese restaurants on Christmas….”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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