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You Tube’s Jewish Christmas Carol

posted by Paul O'Donnell

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. Walker’s You Tube video, “Chinese Food at Christmas” has drawn more than 500,000 viewers since he posted it on December 1st this year.The vid’s popularity likely has more to do with his fellow religionists’ identification with Walker’s dilemma–and okay, the Hasidic guys rocking out–than the catchiness of its lyrics (“I eat Chinese food on Christmas/Go to the movie theater too/There just ain’t much else to do on Christmas/When you’re a Jew”). And while “Chinese Food” 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:



  • Donny

    The most amazing thing about the birth of Jesus is that it happened at the beginning of Sukkot. Of course. Merry Tabernacles everyone. Shalom. http://www.messianic.com/yeshua/chap2.htm#BIRTHYESHUA
    If G-d can dwell in a hut made of sticks for seven days . . .

  • Scott R.

    Um, we’re Jews – we really don’t care about the birth of JC.

  • Linda Giles

    I am not a Jew, but I am glad we are all Americans, so we can all
    worship how we please. I wish others would stop judging and be
    grateful for this blessing of FREEDOM TO WORSHIP.

  • Cindy C. Brown

    Even though I’m a Christian Gentile, I say
    “MAZELTOV!!!”
    to this video. Made me smile after a hard, trying day. :-)

  • cuteblondeJAP

    Way to go Brandon, a good holiday song for all of us! Hey I eat chinese food on christmas too and go surfing!

  • Karen

    In “Fortune Cookie Chronicles” writer Jennifer 8 Lee discusses this phenom, and talks about a restaurant in SF that specializes in the dinner and a movie on Christmas. It’s a dinner theater event called “Chop Schtiks” Oy-ya!

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