Dec 19 2013
As I’ve written about here before, my ex converted to Judaism before we got married and his mother converted to Judaism after we got married. My ex’s father still celebrates Christmas and our sons have visited him and his wife every Christmas of their lives. This Christmas experience has, for them, not been a religious one, but rather a festive meal not unlike Thanksgiving; a pretty tree decorated with, among other things, Star Trek ornaments, and more gifts than they get for Hanukkah.
It is very clear to my sons that we don’t celebrate Christmas and that we honor their grandparents who do celebrate Christmas by visiting them on December 25th.
I respect Christmas in all of its forms of celebration and I do not begrudge people celebrating Christmas. Here’s why I’m not bummed out that I don’t. Read the rest of this entry →
Dec 13 2013
1. Show Time
This was one of the rare episodes we did not film at our normal taping hour. Because of the number of small scenes and flashbacks, we filmed for two long days in front of small groups of audiences who were rotated according to their tour schedules of the Warner Brothers lot. I missed a regular tape time with the anticipation and excitement of a few hundred people in the audience, but we made do with our smaller audiences very well!
If I’m not mistaken, I believe I’m the only one from the eight of us in the show last night (the Stuart character was in the episode along with the regular seven of us) who has never decorated a Christmas tree. Sure, I’ve been to homes that have Christmas trees and I vaguely remember stringing popcorn and cranberries for my friend Sara’s Christmas tree when we were in 7th grade, but I grew up in a home with no Christmas tree and really enjoyed watching it done for this episode! I think the tinsel is pretty and the lights are pretty too. The ornaments are neat and I would imagine it is fun to hang them all and arrange them all. I don’t wish I had a Christmas tree, but I’m also very comfortable enjoying the process from afar. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 31 2013
I’m not super into Halloween in general. I guess I was as a kid, but my healthy mom wouldn’t let me eat unhealthy candy much. I have some nice memories of trick-or-treating with friends with our parents supervising, but it’s just not my thing at all. And I hate being scared. Like really hate it. Like it makes me cry.
My dislike of Halloween isn’t just because I’m traditionally inclined in the religiously Jewish way, although that may have become part of it in the past 15 years. We have so many interesting and fun and meaningful and spiritually uplifting holidays in Judaism, and we also have the outrageously cool dress-up festival of Purim in the spring, and my boys have always been so gentle and shy and scared of scary things that Halloween has never been a huge thing for any of us. Read the rest of this entry →