It's pretty much an open secret that I love Christmas. It's inappropriate enough as a Jew to love the birth of
our their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so imagine how I feel about it being a secular Jew. I grew up watching Christmas specials on TV, and considering I watched at least six to eight hours of television a day growing up, that was a lot of Christmas specials. In school, we had regular class stage productions and sing-a-longs, so the lyrics to most non-religious carols are permanently ingrained.
So, imagine my surprise and delight when a few years ago I learned that many, many of my beloved Christmas carols were written by Jews! Sure, they might not have celebrated the holiday -- although, some may have; the Hanukkah thing is pretty recent (it is by no means a High Holiday) and so is relating Christmas to Jesus outside of the home -- but they acknowledged and appreciated it enough. Sure they were selling these songs like hotcakes made of crack, but that little idealistic part of me that truly believes in the immortality of art takes over this time of year and I'd like to think that no song can get as popular as these without being genuinely inspired by the spirit of whatever the hell it is that Christmas is all about (I couldn't tell you myself as the hours and years of Christmas specials have gone all Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius/Simulacra and Simulation in my head.)