Sar Shel Eisav's Last Stand II - Xmas in Israel?
I always thought that one of the big advantages of making Aliya would be to never have to see a tree for the holiday that falls out on December 25th.
Alas, it seems that that dream may be fading. Jpost has an article on how Xmas is becoming more "mainstream" in Eretz Yisrael (Rahmana Litzlan):
Perhaps the most blatant example is a major fair slated to begin Tuesday in Tel Aviv's Nahalat Binyamin neighborhood at a huge mansion called Beit Amudim.
Billed as an end-of-the-year sale "in the style of many large cities throughout the world," the fair will market clothing, food, wine, toys and various gifts.
A mishmash of Jewish and Christian symbols - Judah Macabee and Santa Claus, Christmas trees and hanukkiot - will greet shoppers.
"The idea is to start a tradition here in Israel like Europe and America," said Na'ama Salomon, who is producing the event. "As the nights get longer you find among cultures of the world a holiday of lights. We Israelis can decide to ignore the world or we can embrace other cultures along with our own.
"I think a lot of people here want more openness. You see the same sort of thing with Jews in America who decide to decorate a Hanukka bush."
And then, I see this post from Jameel, where he quotes someone from an email list:
My wife's hairdresser told her that there will be a Christmas carol service in Park Anabe [in Modi'in] on Wednesday night. Does anyone know what time it starts ?
Happy Holidays Y'all
The Sar Shel Eisav is running on all fours now.