Christmas has so powerfully shaped Western culture that it has created yuletide rituals even among non-Christians. Jews, for instance, avail themselves of the only entertainments open on Christmas Day in most parts: eating Chinese food and going to the movies. Now, thanks to Brandon Walker, a music teacher at a Jewish community center in Baltimore, Md, this shadow holiday has a soundtrack. Walkerâ€™s You Tube video, â€œChinese Food at Christmasâ€ has drawn more than 500,000 viewers since he posted it on December 1st this year.The vidâ€™s popularity likely has more to do with his fellow religionistsâ€™ identification with Walkerâ€™s dilemma–and okay, the Hasidic guys rocking out–than the catchiness of its lyrics (â€œI eat Chinese food on Christmas/Go to the movie theater too/There just ainâ€™t much else to do on Christmas/When youâ€™re a Jewâ€). And while â€œChinese Foodâ€ has come in for criticism for a gag that has a carful of Hasids stopping to pick up a coin, Walker says the experience has made him more spiritually Jewish than ever. Somewhere, a Jewish angel is getting its wings.Watch it here:
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