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Old 04-18-2019, 06:13 PM
 
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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Holly Jolly Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Let It Snow, Jingle Bell Rock, Winter Wonderland and Silver Bells were all written by Jews. We’re not even supposed to celebrate Christmas.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:49 PM
 
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It's not just the song writers, but the singers, too. Growing up, I always thought it was weird to hear Neal Diamond and Barbra Streisand sing not just secular Christmas songs, but also Christmas songs about Jesus. I guess that's show biz...

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Old 04-19-2019, 04:54 AM
 
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I would assume it was Jews trying to assimilate.
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:01 AM
 
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I once read in an interview, I believe it was with Mel Torme, who co-wrote The Christmas Song ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...") that Jews wanted to participate in the Christmas holiday without the religion. So they wrote secular Christmas songs celebrating the holiday.
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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I once read in an interview, I believe it was with Mel Torme, who co-wrote The Christmas Song ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...") that Jews wanted to participate in the Christmas holiday without the religion. So they wrote secular Christmas songs celebrating the holiday.
That makes sense. Those were different times back then, and there were few ways to gain acceptance and thereby have the same opportunities as everyone else in America.

I'm glad that nowadays we have Jews writing songs about Jewish holidays that gentiles can also enjoy. Expressing our Jewishness in loving, positive (and sometimes humorous) ways is the best way to fight antisemitism, IMO.

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Old 04-19-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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I once read in an interview, I believe it was with Mel Torme, who co-wrote The Christmas Song ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...") that Jews wanted to participate in the Christmas holiday without the religion. So they wrote secular Christmas songs celebrating the holiday.
Trebeard?...I assume that you a hobbit fan?...
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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That makes sense. Those were different times back then, and there were few ways to gain acceptance and thereby have the same opportunities as everyone else in America.

I'm glad that nowadays we have Jews writing songs about Jewish holidays that gentiles can also enjoy. Expressing our Jewishness in loving, positive (and sometimes humorous) ways is the best way to fight antisemitism, IMO.

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Old 04-19-2019, 06:34 PM
 
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Just business as usual...

Song writers, book writers, scientists, doctors, businessmen, lawyers, keep going, whatever to do except hard physical labor...
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:28 PM
 
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Just business as usual...

Song writers, book writers, scientists, doctors, businessmen, lawyers, keep going, whatever to do except hard physical labor...
Exactly. To me, the answer was obvious. For songwriters, there was money in writing those songs. They needed to earn a living.

I am a goy grateful that they did. That music is part of American culture of a certain time and place now.
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:35 PM
 
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I still remember the first time we heard Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song. It really was monumental and did explain how the Jewish kids, even like myself who grew up in a very Jewish area, felt regarding Christmas. Particularly all the TV shows. Adam Sandler can do no wrong.
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