In lieu of TV Tuesday and in honor of Hanukkah, I’m going to rant about radio coverage of Hanukkah. As my husband just pointed out, this post isn’t really about kids unless you go about it from the angle that our kids are Jewish (and Korean. I like to call them Jewrean) so this affects them.
Every year on Christmas Eve, I have no choice but to listen to Christmas carols if I want to listen to the radio. Since we live in the cave ages and don’t have even a CD player in our car, I always do end up singing along to “Silver Bells”. Every year without fail, some moronic DJ plays Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song and then wishes everybody a happy Hanukkah.
While I’m a fan of Sandler’s song (and so is Lily! Already!), this drives me insane because often Hanukkah is long since over by the time Christmas comes around. Hanukkah starts on a different day each year on the Western calendar because its start date is based on the solar/lunar Jewish calendar.
I know it makes me a bad Jew, but I really wish we’d just convert the holidays to solid Western start dates so I stop being shocked when I turn to December to discover that Hanukkah starts the next day or that I’ve completely missed Purim AGAIN. (Going to temple occasionally might help me conquer this problem.) I know it’s totally commercialized holiday of me, but it’s really annoying when Hanukkah starts so ridiculously early that you can’t get in on holiday deals.
This year was one of those years– Hanukkah started on the evening of December 1. It will be over December 8. By the time Christmas Eve is here, Hanukkah will have been over for two and a half weeks. It’s ridiculous to say “Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish listeners” on the radio at that point.
I wouldn’t be as annoyed by this if perhaps I ever heard the Hanukkah song on the radio any time but Christmas Eve. I never hear it in the weeks leading up to Hanukkah or during Hanukkah itself unless it is a year that Hanukkah happens to overlap Christmas Eve.
The DJs are trying to be more inclusive by playing the occasional Hanukkah song during their Christmas carol purge, but saying nothing about Hanukkah until it’s two weeks too late is insulting.
So next time you hear Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah tribute on Christmas Eve, check your calendar and roll your eyes if the DJ is actively pissing me off. Chances are, he is.