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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Christmas Traditions

As a teacher, Ms. Jones, was very curious about how each of her students celebrated Christmas. She called on young Patrick Murphy. "Tell me Patrick what do you do at Christmas time?", she asked.

Patrick addressed the class, "Well Ms. Jones, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to the midnight Mass and we sing hymns, then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys".

"Very nice Patrick", she said. "Now, Jimmy Brown what do you do at Christmas?"

"Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to Church with Mum and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep, waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents."

Realizing there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, "Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?"

Isaac said, "Well, it's the same thing every year. Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce, then we drive to his toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all the empty shelves and begin to sing 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus'. Then we all go to the Bahamas."

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Blogger Tim Zank said...

Gosh John, That could be interpreted as a little "anti-semetic" couldn't it?

title="comment permalink">December 19, 2006 10:23 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

A blessed time of year indeed!

title="comment permalink">December 20, 2006 3:32 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Tim - Only in your little mind.

Kvatch - See, Tim? The frog gets it. . .

title="comment permalink">December 20, 2006 8:30 PM  
Blogger Tim Zank said...

Seriously, if I had posted that, Rouse & Craig would have been all over me screaming racist and you know it.
It's not fair but it's what I've come to expect....(the left is always right, right?)

title="comment permalink">December 20, 2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

My final comment - No, I don't think Robert or Craig would have screamed anything at all over it. It's not derogatory in any way. It could be called stereotypical maybe, but not derogatory, nor disrespectful in any way.

title="comment permalink">December 21, 2006 7:05 PM  

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