An amusing article in The New Yorker (Dec. 21 & 28), by Paul Rudnick, suggests what Christians should do so as not to make non-Christians feel uncomfortable at Christmas time.
“If a Jew asks, ‘So how did Jesus die?,’ simply reply, “Natural causes.'”
“If you’re visiting a mixed couple during the holidays, here are a couple of gift suggestions: for the Christian wife, a bayberry-scented candle or fresh evergreen wreath; for the Jewish husband, a lovely framed portrait of his parents, rending their clothes and sobbing.”
“For real holiday enchantment, tell your kids the story of ‘Yussel, the Reindeer Who Spent the Whole Night Studying.'”
“If your town wants to put up a life-size crÃ¨che on public property, suggest that there should also be, right beside the Nativity scene, mannequins representing a Jewish family, sitting outside the manger and reading the Sunday Times.”